Alexandria Camels (1997)
Sicily Godfathers (1998-2008)
Long Beach Lobsters (2009)
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 2015
One of only a handful of truly superdominant pitchers to appear in the Weaver League, Christy Matthewson was arguably the greatest pitcher in Blizzard League history. Frustrating hitters with a nasty arsenal of overpowering pitches, Matthewson averaged over 22 wins per season, winning 20 or more in all but two of his thirteen seasons. He finished his career with 4,353 K's, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Smokey Joe Wood. His consistent excellence resulted in him being named an All-Star every season from 1998 to 2009.
Matthewson played nearly his entire career with the Sicily Godfathers franchise. During that time he won four Blizzard League Cy Young Awards, including three straight from 1999 to 2001. He won a career high 28 games with a 2.06 ERA and 433 K's in '99, and managed to follow that up with an even more dominant performance a year later when he won 23 games with a 1.49 ERA and set the single season strikeout record with 461. After winning his third straight Cy Young in 2001 he continued to dominate, averaging 20+ wins, 300+ K's and an ERA under 2.00 for the next five seasons, but Rio de Janerio ace Addie Joss took control of the Cy Young. In 2007 Matthewson reclaimed the award, going 26-5 with a 1.79 ERA and 340 K's.
Two years later Matthewson was traded to the Long Beach Lobsters, and that year he produced the finest season of his career. He went 26-4 and racked up 292 strikeouts, but most notable was his microscopic ERA of 0.60, a Weaver League single season record.
Despite his performance on the mound, Matthewson had only two chances to shine in the postseason. His first chance came early in his career as Sicily won the 2000 Barnes Division race by seven games over Nairobi, but they lost the BLCS in six games to Havana. The next season the Belfast Bombers franchise began a run of twelve straight Barnes Division titles, and Sicily was shut out of the postseason for the rest of Matthewson's career. After his trade to Long Beach in 2009 he got one more chance, but once again the Bombers stood in the way. They ultimately denied his chance at the Weaver Series as they won the BLCS 4-2. Matthewson announced his retirement at the end of the series.
Matthewson was a no-brainer first ballot Hall of Famer, earning induction in 2015.