Candy Cummings

William Arthur Cummings
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1939
Primary team: Hartford Dark Blues
Primary position: Executive

Often cited as the inventor of the curveball, Candy Cummings’ stellar pitching career was well established when professional baseball began. Cummings had an impressive 1875 season, winning 35 games, including six shutouts, and compiling a 1.73 ERA. He was also the first major leaguer to start, complete and win both games of a doubleheader when he turned the trick on Sept. 9, 1876.

"A surge of joy flooded over me that I shall never forget. I felt like shouting out that I had made a ball curve. I wanted to tell everybody -- it was too good to keep to myself. "
Candy Cummings

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1939
Primary Team: Hartford Dark Blues
Position Played: Executive
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Ware, Massachusetts
Birth year: 1848
Died: 1924, Toledo, Ohio
Played for:
New York Mutuals (1872)
Baltimore Canaries (1873)
Philadelphia Whites (1874)
Hartford Dark Blues (1875-1876)
Cincinnati Reds (1877)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesM
242
WinsW
145
LossesL
97
Winning %Winning %
.607