Fred Goldsmith

Birthdate 05/15/1856
Death Date 03/28/1939
Debut Year 1875
Year of Induction
Teams Orioles, Trojans, White Stockings
Position Pitcher

The Sporting News devoted an editorial in April, 1939 asking that Fred Goldsmith be officially recognized as the inventor of the curveball. 

In the collection:

Fred Goldsmith's handwritten assertion that he invented the curveball

Fred Goldsmith's handwritten assertion that he invented the curveball

Candy Cummings gained immortality when he was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. His election was based in large part on the assertion that he invented the curveball. According to many repeated baseball historians, Cummings was not responsible for the pitch’s origination. Some believ
According to Connie Mack Hammond Avery was the first to throw the curveball

According to Connie Mack Hammond Avery was the first to throw the curveball

Was Hammond Avery the first to actually throw the curveball in a game? Connie Mack asserted this to be true in his book, My 66 Years in the Big Leagues (Philadelphia: Winston, 1950). Mack recalls, “The first man to pitch a curveball game was Charles Hammond Avery, Yale 1871-75, popularly called
Page two with signature of Hammond Avery

Page two with signature of Hammond Avery

Page two of this letter has the signature of Hammond Avery, purportedly the first man to throw a curveball in a game. The signature is exceedingly rare. In fact this is the only one we’ve ever seen. Though the origin of the curveball mainly comes down to Candy Cummings or Fred Goldsmith, people in both camps assert
1936 letter to HoF about invention of curveball

1936 letter to HoF about invention of curveball

Jesse Morrill was a sort of early baseball historian. In the collection is this handwritten letter from Morrill to Alexander Cleland, the man who along with Ford Frick, is largely responsible for the origins of the Hall of Fame. In the letter Morrill purports to have proof that Candy Cummings was responsible for the invention of the
Letter from Morrill

Letter from Morrill "confirming" Cummings as inventor of curveball

Alexander Cleland replied to Morrill’s letter regarding Cummings and agreed on Candy Cummings place in baseball history. In this response, Morrill writes, “I note that you say that both Spink and Spaulding (sic) give credit for being the first to throw a curved ball which confirms all th

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