#Shortstops: Father and Son
His son, Christy Mathewson Jr., made a name for himself in his own right, though it was in the military rather than baseball.
Both father and son produced a long list of accomplishments during lives that were tragically cut short.
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The road back to normalcy was not easy for Mathewson Jr., who battled for years to regain use of his arms and learn to walk with a prosthetic leg. He eventually worked his way back to earn a new commission from the Army Air Corps and a promotion to captain on active service during World War II.
After he was discharged from the Air Force in 1946, Mathewson Jr. moved to Helotes, Texas. Four years later, a butane explosion went off while he was installing an electric dishwasher in his home. Though he was able to escape and reach a neighbor, he was badly burned and died the following day, Aug. 16, 1950, at 43 years old – two years younger than Mathewson Sr. was when he passed away.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum