Matthew Christopher (August 16, 1917 - September 20, 1997) was an author of children's books, born in Bath, Pennsylvania, the oldest of nine children. He was a prolific author, writing more than one hundred books, mostly children's novels centered around sports.
Christopher was an athlete as a child and turned to writing as a career when his first short story "The Missing Finger Points," was published in a detective story magazine. His first full-length novel was The Lucky Baseball Bat, published in 1954. When Christopher was in his thirties and forties, he played minor league baseball in a Canadian league. He lived in Rock Hill, South Carolina at that time.
Though Christopher wrote about many sports, his most frequent subject was baseball. His best baseball books are considered to be Wild Pitch, Catcher with a Glass Arm, and The Kid Who Only Hit Homers. He also wrote many books about football, including Tough to Tackle and Crackerjack Halfback, and Football Nightmare,and soccer, including Soccer Scoop, Soccer Duel, and Top Wing, basketball and hockey. He has written books centred on snowboarding, dirt bike racing, volleyball, golf and many other sports, in addition to a number of biographies of sportsmen and women.
In 1993, he won the Milner Award, an award given to an author whose books are most enjoyed by children in Atlanta, Georgia.