William Cummings, also known as “the Father of the Curveball” said he invented the curveball after seeing a spinning clamshell curve across the water after being skipped on a Brooklyn beach. Some historians debate this but he did master the curve ball well before a lot pitchers. He stood 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighed a colossal 120lbs.
Candy as he was also called was born in Ware, Massachusetts on Nov 18, 1848. 27 years later on April 22, 187, his journey took him to professional baseball where he broke into the Big Leagues with the Hartford Dark Blues. He lasted 2 years in baseball.