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Cummings' Curve Curtails Crimson's Clouting

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Harvard College
City/State/Country: Cambridge, MA, United States
Game Base Ball
Age of Players Youth
Text

Candy Cummings claimed that he first used his curve ball successfully (after numerous previous attempts) in a game against Harvard College on Oct. 7, 1867

Sources

Mark Pestana,"Candy Cummings Debuts the Curve-- Excelsiors vs. Harvard", in Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century SABR, (2013), pp. 60-61

Candy Cummings, "How I Pitched the First Curve", The Baseball Magazine, Aug. 1908. Cummings dated his first boyish attempts at a curve to the summer of 1863.

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There are many issues with any individual claim to invention of the curve ball.

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