or, e-mail Eddie Frierson c/o: The Mathewson Foundation
* To learn more about the history
of "MATTY: An Evening With Christy Mathewson" and its development,
click the link here to read the two part feature article that was
published inOLDTYME BASEBALL
NEWS just prior to
the show's opening in New York Off-Broadway.
FUN FACT: Eddie Frierson was asked to broadcast the play-by-play of a CALIFORNIA HIGH A Minor League Game (Bakersfield Blaze vs Rancho Cucamonga Quakes) in June of 2009 --- You can listen to the internet podcast streaming here on the MATTY website! Click the "play" button on the orange player above this text and below the Blaze logo!
ADDITIONAL SHOWS FOR 2016-17 HAVE NOT BEEN LOCKED IN BUT THERE ARE SEVERAL POSSIBILITIES:
Another Encore Performance in Rochester, NY
(#Downstairs Cabaret Theatre)
El Dorado High School, Placentia, CA
(to benefit the #Patricia Hayes Scholarship Fund)
Santa Monica, CA
(to benefit the #Frank Schwengel Scholarship Fund)
#Mountain City Center for the Performing Arts!
@ Cooperstown, NY
Check here throughout the year to see when these dates are set!
POSTPONED (perhaps Fall/Winter 2016 or Spring/Summer 2017)
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooperstown, New York
*Summer 2014 --- Scheduling conflicts put Matty's return to Cooperstown for another encore performance up in the air. Details are still being worked out. All shows will be in the Grandstand Theatre at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown! More details in the near future!
Other Engagements for 2016-17 on the hot stove:
* Check this page regularly for updated schedule information!
Santa Monica, CA
Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake, NY)Sarasota, Florida
IN MEMORY . . .
In the wake of the horrible tragedies in our Nation on September 11, 2001 this web site is dedicated to honor the memory of all those who lost their lives in the attack on America, including American Airlines Flight 77 Captain Charles "Chic" Burlingame III.
"Chic," 51, was the brother of Eddie Frierson's dear friend, Brad Burlingame. He was a veteran pilot and former Navy officer. A graduate of Anaheim High School, he went on to the Naval Academy and flew for the Navy. He lived in Virginia and once worked in the Pentagon. But he retained a fondness for the home teams (his home teams in Los Angeles), the Angels and Lakers. Indeed, while preparing for his trip of September 11, he'd hoped that his wife, Sheri, would be able to accompany him to Los Angeles so they could attend a baseball game, but he couldn't get seats that were worth the trouble. He wanted to watch the Angels while celebrating his 52nd birthday, which was Wednesday, September 12, 2001. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend and he will be sorely missed. Burial took place at Arlington National Cemetery, where Burlingame's father, a Navy and Air Force veteran, is also buried.
*In a sad note, Brad Burlingame (Chic's younger brother and Eddie Frierson's dear friend) passed in December 2015 from complications with pancreatic cancer. The following was a nice tribute obit from the city of West Hollywood:
Brad Burlingame, for 18 years the head of West Hollywood’s visitor and tourism agency, died December 8, 2015 of pancreatic cancer.
Burlingame, 62, was named president and CEO of what now is Visit West Hollywood in 1997. Under his leadership, Visit WeHo has helped West Hollywood become a major travel destination for people as far away as Australia. Spending by tourists and visitors is a major source of revenue for local businesses. And the largest source of revenue for the City of West Hollywood is its hotel occupancy tax.
Burlingame is former chair of the California Travel Association and is a past president of the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (WACVB). He has served on the boards of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and was an honorary board member of the West Hollywood Design District.
Under Burlingame, Visit WeHo has expanded its promotion of West Hollywood as a destination with forays into overseas markets like Australia, Brazil and England. Burlingame has been instrumental in promoting West Hollywood as the “Creative City” and as the young and vibrant center of the affluent west side of Los Angeles County.
Before he joined Visit West Hollywood, Burlingame was vice president of marketing and sales for the Japanese Assistance Network (JAN), a firm specializing in the Japan travel market.
“Brad’s imprint on the West Hollywood community is tremendous,” City Manager Paul Arevalo said in an email to city employees today. “His legacy will carry on for decades to follow. Please join me in keeping Brad and his family in your thoughts through the holiday season.”
While Burlingame was known for his enthusiastic promotion of West Hollywood and a constantly sunny disposition, those close to him also knew of his struggles to come to terms with the death of his brother, Charles “Chic” Burlingame III. Chic Burlingame was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, whose controls were hijacked by terrorists who forced the plane to crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. After his brother’s death, Brad Burlingame carried with him a leather pouch that contained a small piece of metal from the wreckage of his brother’s plane. Burlingame also did extensive research into the circumstances of the attack.
“We all knew Brad was a fighter — we had watched Brad mourn with dignity and grace in 2001,” Arevalo said. “Brad’s brother, Charles “Chic” Burlingame, was killed on 9/11; Chic was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. One of the things that Brad spoke of after his brother’s passing was their shared love of baseball — and in particular, their love of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.”
Burligame is survived by his wife, Diane McDavitt, and daughters Marta and Lora.
*Brad performed with Eddie Frierson in the triumphant run of Steve Kluger's critically acclaimed Red Sox comedy, BULLPEN, at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in 1985-86. It was during that run that he and Eddie became life long friends.
"Brad was absolutely one of the 'good guys.' You know what? 'Good' doesn't describe him well enough. 'GREAT guys.' Thousands already miss him. I feel a sense of awful, personal loss. I sure loved this guy. The world is a better place for having had you in it Brad. And the world will miss all of the wonderful things you would have kept doing to make it even better. RIP, Ripper."
---- Eddie Frierson
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* To learn more about the history of "MATTY: An Evening With Christy Mathewon" and its development, click the link here to read the two part feature article that was published in OLDTYME BASEBALL NEWS just prior to the show's opening Off-Broadway.
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