John Montgomery Ward (March 3, 1860 - March 4, 1925) threw the second perfect game in the history of baseball defeating Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin and the Buffalo Bison 5-0, five days after the first perfect game pitched in 1880. Ward is credited for developing the first curve ball. Arm injuries limited his pitching in 1881 and 1882, so he taught himself to throw left handed in order to continue playing in the outfield as his arm healed. Ward played primarily for the Providence Grays (1878-1882) and the New York Gothams/Giants (1883-1889, 1893-1894) compiling a pitching record of 164-103 with 920 strikeouts and a 2.10 ERA. He also had 2,151 hits, 1,403 runs scored, stole 569 bases with a .283 career batting average and was a member of three National League pennant winners (Providence – 1879 and New York – 1888, 1889). His contribution to the game off the field made a much more significant impact on the game as he organized the Players’ Brotherhood – baseball’s first union and formed the Players League which lasted only one year (1890). The Veterans Committee elected John Montgomery Ward to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.