The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 11, 2013

Better late than...

Eagleville native Ed Cushman’s track record started on the railroad, then took him to the majors

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Not done, though

Even at age 38, Cushman couldn’t put the game to the side. He pitched in the minors for Rochester, N.Y. in the 1891 and 1892 seasons before moving to Erie of the Eastern League in 1893, helping that club win the pennant.

Finally, at age 41, his strong left arm, which had served him so well, had had enough and Cushman retired.

One newspaper account testified to Cushman’s crafty abilities on the mound, saying, “Mr. Cushman was one of the few pitchers who had absolute control of the ball, coupled with great speed.

“His left-handed curves were the pride and wonder of his fellow players — and the worry and downfal of his opponents.”

Back to his roots

Having hung up his spikes, Cushman went back to what he knew first in life — the railroad.

He liked the Erie area, so he settled in the city and worked as a conductor for the New York Central Railroad.

On Nov. 18, 1885, he married Emma Swalley, an Erie native.

While still working for the railroad, Ed and his wife opened a restaurant in Erie, The Corner, located on the corner of Eighth and State streets. The couple resided at 822 State St.

He was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, the Knights Templar, Elks, Shriners, Masons, Knights of Pythias and Royal Arcanum. He was a republican.

Ed and Emma were married for almost 30 years until the time of his death, which came on Sept. 26, 1915 in Erie at age 67 after an illness that lasted more than four months.

Ed Cushman rests in Erie Cemetery.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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