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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