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City recorder loves baseball, family

City recorder loves baseball, family
City recorder loves baseball, family

Martin City Recorder Chris Mathis
By JOE LOFARO
Special to The Press
MARTIN — Former UT Martin baseball coach Ed Chenette called his 1964 southpaw pitcher from Martin “sneaky and fast.”
However, the promising career of Chris Mathis, who is now the Martin City Recorder, was cut short after his freshman season because of a finger injury.
Despite the injury, Mathis found other ways to enjoy the game. He coached T-Ball through 18-year-old Senior Babe Ruth baseball and he still follows the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I grew up listening to Harry Carey when he was broadcasting the Cardinal games,” Mathis said.
It’s Mathis longtime involvement and love for baseball that makes him the first dad to be profiled in The Press this month. Every Thursday in June, in conjunction with Father’s Day, The Press will profile a different dad in Weakley County.
Mathis spent more than 34 years with Martin Youth Baseball and has only had one player to make it the professional level, Justin Harrell. Harrell played for Mathis and his Justin’s father, Edgar Harrell, coached the former NFL player when he was 10, 11 and 12 years old.
“I have had a bunch of players go on to play college baseball, but I have never had one make the big leagues,” Mathis said.
After a long career as an accountant in Martin and as the city recorder, Mathis is looking forward to his retirement.
“I want to spend a lot more time at the ballpark,” he said.
So, as he retires from his day job, Mathis, is planning on a baseball comeback. “I want to coach little league or Senior Babe Ruth, but I don’t know what age group needs a coach,” he said. “I will see what is needed and get involved.”
Mathis, is the father of Todd Mathis, Shonna Sexton and Angie Bondurant. He and his wife, June, will be married 27 years in November.
Until he retires, Mathis will always check his IPhone for the Cardinals recap and keep a close eye on National League favorites Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
His daily ritual includes a Coke Zero, his recliner and Pardon the Interruption on ESPN when he gets home each afternoon between 5:15 and 5:30.
“He is in a much better mood once he watches that show,” June said.
In case you are wondering, Chris has his own television, a 60-inch Sony flat screen and June has her own as well.
“If he wants to watch a ballgame or something I let him watch it on his own television,” June said. “When you get right down to it Chris is a great father and an awesome husband.”

(Published in The Press on 6.6.13)

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