- Card series: Pioneer Portraits I: 1850-1874
- City: New York
- Team: Knickerbockers
Duncan Curry (1812-1894) is one of a group of illustrious founders of the Grand Old Game. Several have been put forward as the true “Father of Baseball” and Curry’s claim is as sturdy as any. A founder of the Knickerbocker Club (a requisite for paternity), Curry was an integral part of the beginnings of the game, including participation in the “first” game: in Hoboken NJ June 19, 1846.
- The NJ interlopers destroyed the Knickerbockers in that game 23-1
- Curry blamed the loss on overconfidence and an opposing pitcher with blinding speed
- In 1856 Curry’s preferred seven-inning format lost out to Louis Wadsworth’s nine, signaling the transition of the game’s growth out of the hands of the founding Knickerbockers