1872 Baseball Windows Season

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  • All the Beans: Boston Red Stockings win first of four straight championships
  • Breaking Ball: How Candy Cummings became famous for the curveball
  • Six for the Hall: Spalding, Cummings, Cap Anson, George Wright top the list
Full Summary

Relive baseball’s formative years. In the National Association’s second season, the Boston Red Stockings won the first of their four straight championships with a 39-8 record. Pitcher Al Spalding (38-8, 1.85) also hit .354 and Ross Barnes (.430) led the league in batting.  Future Hall of Famer George Wright hit .337.

The league had two more .400 hitters: Future Hall of Famer Cap Anson (.415) of Philadelphia and Davey Force (.418) of Baltimore. Baltimore also featured slugger Lip Pike (.298-7-60) and ERA leader Cherokee Fisher (1.80).

A rule change for the 1872 season allowed a pitcher to use his wrist as part of the delivery, provided that the hand was below his waist when the ball was released.  This enabled pitchers to use a sidearm delivery and increased the effectiveness of the curveball. New York’s Candy Cummings (33-20, 3.01) was the foremost practitioner.

The 1872 National Association produced six future Hall of Fame players — Anson, Cummings, Jim O’Rourke, Spalding, Deacon White, and Wright (BOS).

Requires Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2017 or higher to play

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