Noah Matheny, a Galesburg High School Graduate, Will Now Pitch For Michigan State
After two seasons at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2020 Galesburg High School graduate Noah Matheny will now pitch for Michigan State.
Matheny allowed 51 runs (42 earned) on 90 hits while striking out 57 and issuing 24 walks for an earned run average of 5.23 in 15 appearances and 11 starts.
Early Life and Education
Noah Matheny was born and raised in Illinois to a working class family of farmers, attending elementary school in Springfield. At an early age he started helping his father run the Sangamon County clerk’s office; eventually becoming elected for eight four-year terms as county clerk.
Noah finds great enjoyment playing sports and spending time with his family, as well as reading history and science fiction books. Additionally, he is an accomplished mathematician who has published several popular math books covering data-driven algorithms; these works have also been featured on cable TV networks and radio programs.
Noah will graduate Olympic High School in Bremerton, Washington this May 2022 and plans to enroll at Michigan State University to study advertising management. His grandparents were his biggest baseball influences and most memorable moment was pitching a complete game.
After an impressive high school career, Noah Matheny was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round of Major League Baseball draft. They wanted him immediately but instead opted for college instead – until just hours before starting classes at Michigan State he received phone calls from them hoping that perhaps they could convince him otherwise.
At SIU Edwardsville, Matheny earned All-Newcomer recognition and made seven starts to open series games during his sophomore year. On February 27, Matheny recorded his first win by pitching 5.2 innings in relief at Wichita State and earned eight innings against Jacksonville State on May 7 where he made history by striking out nine batters for an 8 inning long appearance – earning himself fifth on wins and second in ERA! Matheny finished 2016 fifth overall on his team with five victories.
Achievement and Honors
Three consecutive years, he earned honor roll status at his school and received a distinguished award for his student journalism work from a group of newspaper and broadcast organizations nationwide.
In 2020, Galesburg High School graduate Matthew Bicknell led SIUE baseball to an 11-11 record and its first Ohio Valley Conference win against Jacksonville State since March of 2015. For his efforts he was honored as Rookie of the Year on his own team.
In Fall 2022, he received Summa Cum Laude – the university’s highest academic honor – for outstanding scholarship leading towards a bachelor’s degree. This distinction becomes part of an official transcript (link is external) and diploma, awarded only to those achieving a 3.900 grade-point average or greater.
Matheny was also a dedicated spouse and father, raising four children with his wife Elizabeth: Elizabeth was his third, James Jr. was second and Daniel was third.
Matheny served as clerk pro tem in Sangamon County for many of its political offices, such as county recorder and court clerk. He strived for honesty in his work and was widely respected. In a letter written to William Herndon by Matheny regarding Lincoln he stated his opinion of Lincoln being an infidel but later thought he may have converted; later recanting some statements regarding Lincoln’s religious beliefs; in 1871 his wife died and she is interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Springfield with her son becoming an Major Leaguer player/manager himself.
Matheny excelled as both an athlete and scholar-athlete during his time at Olympic High School in Bremerton, Washington. He competed in both basketball and baseball – earning all-league, all-state, and Kitsap County honors in both sports. Additionally, he played club baseball for Narrows Baseball Club.
Matheny finished his freshman season with the Cougars 5-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 72 1/3 innings of action, striking out 57 hitters while walking 24 and appearing 15 times and 11 starts.
As part of the 1998 Home Run Race with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, he won three Rawlings Gold Glove catcher awards and boasted an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion by 2020. Chase is his son; Jennifer his wife. Additionally, he loves Transformers movies as an avid fan and currently manages the St Louis Cardinals baseball club.