William Arthur

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Arthur was born in Ware, Massachusetts back in 1848. When he was a teenager he was throwing clam shells when he had an epiphany, which would later serve him well. At 17 he made his professional baseball debut with the Excelsior baseball club of Brooklyn. His first game was on August 14th, 1866. Just ten days later he led his team to a 24-2 win against the Newark Eureka’s.

He continued to play for the Excelsior’s from 1868 to 1871. He stood 5’9” and weighed in at a hefty 120 pounds. From 1872 to 1877 he pitched for the New York Mutuals, Baltimore Canaries, Philadelphia White Stocking and the Hartford Dark Blues. He won between 28 to 35 games in each of the seasons. He left the National League to become the President of the new International Association for Professional Base Ball Players. He died in 1924, he was 75.

What you may not know about William Arthur “Candy” Cummings is that he was the first player to record two complete games in one day. But he will go down in the history books as the pitcher who invented the curveball.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray wow.... that's quite the creation.... and it's a game changer if the pitcher has mastered it....

May 22, 2019 03:01 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And the downfall of many prospects!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 22, 2019 04:23 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That is sure a pitch that most batters have trouble with. Enjoy the long weekend and watch some baseball.

May 22, 2019 04:46 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - quite a prolific career and his learning at a young age certainly helped him tremendously.  

May 22, 2019 04:56 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he really goes back to the beginning.  I had never heard of those team names either.

May 22, 2019 06:02 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Two complete games in one day. Today some get paid millions to pitch 18 complete innings in a season. Oh how times have changed. Enjoy your day!

May 22, 2019 06:09 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is right up my alley!  Sounds like a very talented player and we don't have to worry about him being on steriods at 5'9" and 120 lbs, haha.

May 22, 2019 06:24 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This was a terrific story and I enjoyed it. Two full games in a day: incredible.

May 22, 2019 06:57 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's really neat James Dray . He probably got paid about $5.00 for pitching those two games... compare that to today's candy ass athletes who probably couldn't pitch one complete game in a day. This is a great piece of trivia for William Feela .

May 22, 2019 07:04 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Go figure.  I had no idea on this one.  I am always learning something new. A

May 22, 2019 07:13 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The curve ball killed my baseball career. Throw me a fast one and I was fine.

May 22, 2019 07:16 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow James a curve ball and now it is a pitch that everyone masters that plays the game as a pitcher!


May 22, 2019 11:50 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- how appropriate since we are in the midst of baseball season!!! My Astros are doing very well. 

May 22, 2019 12:08 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Interesting to learn about the father of the curveball. I wonder if he had any idea how he was going to change the game of baseball when he came up with that pitch?

May 22, 2019 03:12 PM #14
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I was always wondering who invented the curve ball in baseball, James Dray 

May 22, 2019 08:59 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

As a baseball fanatic from Boston, MA I have no right not to know this information... but sadly must admit I had no idea, Endre

May 22, 2019 11:32 PM #16
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