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Matthew F. Christopher was born August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pennsylvania, the first-born of nine children of Fred Christopher, an Italian immigrant, and Mary Vass Christopher, a Hungarian immigrant. At the age of seven, his family moved to Upstate New York where in 1935 Christopher graduated from Ludlowville High School....

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Matthew F. Christopher was born August 16, 1917, in Bath, Pennsylvania, the first-born of nine children of Fred Christopher, an Italian immigrant, and Mary Vass Christopher, a Hungarian immigrant. At the age of seven, his family moved to Upstate New York where in 1935 Christopher graduated from Ludlowville High School. Christopher played sports, especially baseball, at an early age. His athletic career continued through high school and culminated when he played professionally in the Canadian-American Baseball League for a short two months, before being released for inconsistency in hitting. Still he loved baseball and played semi-professional ball while working at factory jobs.

He began writing poetry and short stories at the age of fourteen. At eighteen he entered the Writer's Digest short story contest and was one of two hundred winners, enough encouragement to keep him writing for several years through lunch hours and at night. After writing numerous detective stories, Christopher combined his love for sports with his writing and found a winning combination. His first sports book, The Lucky Baseball Bat, was published in 1954. Fifteen books later he quit his day job and became a prolific full-time writer in 1963. Most of Christopher's eighty plus books are for younger readers. A few, like Tackle Without a Team, crossover to the young adult area because of more sophisticated content.

For a brief time in the late sixties, Christopher also wrote under the pseudonym Fredric Martin. From 1967 to 1972 Christopher wrote a comic strip Chuck White for the now defunct Treasure Chest magazine. He has recently tried his hand at screen plays and has had several adult novels published.

Christopher and his wife, Catherine M. Krupa, live in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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