Jim Creighton

Jim Creighton, the greatest pitcher of his day, had a few stellar seasons (1860–62) for the Brooklyn Excelsiors before dying of a baseball-related injury in October 1862 at age 21. Creighton was exceptional in his effort to actually frustrate batters, who, in John Thorn’s description, tended to be “collaborators” with pitchers “in putting the ball in play rather than the mortal adversaries they have been ever since.” (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY, COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.)