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    1875 Prescott & White CDV Hartford Dark Blues SGC 80 EX/NM 6 With Candy Cummings. The abject misery created by the little 5'9", 120-pound (when soaked) man in the top row center of this card is incalculable. For over 150 years, hitters have left the batter's box, and sometimes left baseball itself, because of the Devilish invention of this angelic-looking pitcher. You see, the innocent looking rascal is William Arthur Cummings, more popularly known as "Candy" Cummings, the man who invented the curveball.

    Cummings grew up in Brooklyn, and as a 14-year-old was with some friends at Brooklyn beach throwing clamshells. Cummings noticed that he could spin the shell to make it curve, and he had the brainstorm to try the same approach with a baseball. Eventually, when he went into professional baseball, batters flailed at the new strange pitch. In the year of this card, Cummings had an amazing record of 35-12 with second-place Hartford, with a miniscule ERA of 1.60.

    Graded SGC 80 EX/NM 6. One of only two graded by SGC. The Hall-of-Famer is posed with teammates on the Hartford Dark Blues, members of the National Association, precursor of the National League. This card, from the famous Prescott & White studio, measures approximately 2-1/2" x 4-1/8" with an approx. 3-7/16" x 2-1/4" photo. Only a handful of these cards are in existence - one with a different background - and as the only known professional photo of Cummings made available during his career it can only increase in value.

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