Candy Cummings

The Life and Career of the Inventor of the Curveball

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About the Book

One of the greatest pitchers of his era, William Arthur “Candy” Cummings was born in 1848, when baseball was in its infancy. In the 1870s, Candy’s invention, the curveball, played a transformative role and earned him a place in the Hall of Fame. Drawing on extensive research, this first full-length biography traces Candy’s New England heritage and chronicles his rise to the top, from pitching for amateur teams in mid–1860s Brooklyn to playing in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players—the first major league—and then the newly-formed National League. A critical examination of the evidence and competing claims reveals that Cummings was, indeed, the originator of the curveball.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Robert Katz is an attorney who taught and practiced law, then served for 26 years in the legal office of the United Nations. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he lives in New York, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Stephen Robert Katz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8037-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4459-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Katz dives deep into the milieu of 1860s-1870s baseball and establishes Cummings’s importance in it. The book convinced me that Cummings does, indeed, belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.”—David L. Fleitz, author, Eddie Cicotte: The Life and Career of the Banned Black Sox Pitcher