Bump Hadley

Bump Hadley

Bump Hadley

July 5, 1904
5' 11"
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-20-1926 with WS1

The chunky curveballer was 14-6 as a rookie (1927), but generally had mediocre records with the Senators. Things got worse with the second-division Browns; in 1932, he led the AL with 21 losses. In 1932 and 1933 he led the league in walks, and retired third on the all-time walks list. After being traded to the powerful Yankees, he achieved consistent success and played on four straight pennant winners (1936-39).  Bump came by his nickname as a child when his short, heavy build was likened to that of a children's book character, Bumpus.


In 12 seasons he had a 161-165 Win-Loss record, 528 Games (355 Started), 135 Complete Games, 14 Shutouts, 108 Games Finished, 25 Saves, 2,945 ⅔ Innings Pitched, 2,980 Hits Allowed, 1,609 Runs Allowed, 1,389 Earned Runs Allowed, 167 Home Runs Allowed, 1,442 Walks, 1,318 Strikeouts, 66 Hit Batsmen, 71 Wild Pitches, 13,034 Batters Faced, 5 Balks, a 4.24 ERA and a 1.501 WHIP.

On May 25, 1937, Hadley threw the pitch which hit Mickey Cochrane in the head and fractured his skull. The resulting injury nearly killed Cochrane, leaving him unconscious for ten days and ending his playing career.

After retiring, Hadley began doing a sports show for WBZ radio in the mid 1940s. He served as a radio and television announcer for the Boston Braves in the early 1950s, assisting Jim Britt. An alumnus of Brown University, he died in his hometown at the age of 58.


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