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Talks and book signings


I will be speaking about Candy Cummings, nineteenth-century baseball star and inventor of the curveball, on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at a meeting of  the SABR Smokey Joe Wood chapter, Middletown, Connecticut. The meeting will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Middlesex Cummunity College, 100 Training Hill Rd., Middletown, Conn., in Chapman Hall, room 605. Copies of my biography of Cummings, Candy Cummings: The Life and Career of the Inventor of the Curveball (McFarland, 2022), will be available for purchase and signing.     

My previous talks and book signings were at:

  • Ware Historical Society, Ware, Mass. (April 19, 2017);

  • Paige Memorial Library, Hardwick, Mass. (April 20, 2017);

  • SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Rabbit Maranville Chapter, Springfield, Mass. (April 24, 2017);

  • Palmer Public Library, Palmer, Mass. (April 25, 2017);

  • Young Men's Library Association, Ware, Mass. (April 26, 2017);

  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass. (July 8, 2017);

  • Clapp Memorial Library, Belchertown, Mass. (July 27, 2017);

  • Ware Center Meeting House, Ware, Mass. (July 30, 2017);

  • Athol Public Library, Athol, Mass. (September 28, 2017);

  • Dickinson Memorial Library, Northfield, Mass. (April 24, 2018)

  • Pioneer Valley History Camp (July 28, 2018). My talk was on "Baseball History in Central and Western Massachusetts";

  • "Talkin' Baseball" SABR group, Columbia, Maryland, (October 6, 2018)

  • Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame (January 31, 2019). I represented Candy Cummings, one of the 2019 inductees into the Hall of Fame, and spoke about his life and career;

  • Wilbraham Public Library, Wilbraham, Mass. (April 14, 2019);

  • On July 13, 2019, I spoke about Candy Cummings, star pitcher from the nineteenth century and inventor of the curveball, at the annual reunion of the Isaac Cummings Family Association;

  • Ware Historical Society, Ware, Mass. (October 28, 2022). My talk was about Candy Cummings and my book, Candy Cummings: The Life and Career of the Inventor of the Curveball (McFarland, 2022)

I am very grateful to all those who turned out for these well-attended events, and to the organizers.


"The Story of the Cummings Portraits"

My article, "The Story of the Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. William Brackenridge Cummings of Ware, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York," appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of MASSOG, a journal of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (vol. 41, no. 2). I spoke on the subject at the Ware Historical Society on November 16, 2016.

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