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Excelsior of Brooklyn (1854->1893) (NABBP)

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  • Candy Cummings (1848 - 1924)
    Arthur "Candy" Cummings (October 18, 1848 – May 16, 1924) was a professional baseball pitcher in the National Association and National League who was credited with inventing the curveball. He was elect...

The Brooklyn Excelsiors were an amateur baseball team that played in Brooklyn, New York. Formed in 1854, the Excelsior ballclub featured stars such as Jim Creighton, Asa Brainard, and Candy Cummings.

The team is known for originating the "Brooklyn-style" baseball cap, precursor to the modern cap.