July 5, 1904|
|Died: February 15, 1963
|April 20, 1926, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 16, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.24|
|Career highlights and awards|
Irving Darius Hadley (July 5, 1904 – February 15, 1963) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, he played the major leagues for the Washington Senators (1926–31 and 1935), Chicago White Sox (1932), St. Louis Browns (1932–34), New York Yankees (1936–40), New York Giants (1941), and Philadelphia Athletics (1941).
He was on three world championship teams with the Yankees (1936, 1937 and 1939).
He led the AL in Hits Allowed/9IP in 1930 (8.37) and 1931 (7.26); Strikeouts/9IP (6.21) and Games (55) in 1931; Innings (316 ⅔) and Batters Faced (1,365) in 1933 and Win-Loss percentage (.778) in 1936.
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 September 3, 1928, Hadley gave up the last of Ty Cobb's then-Major League record 4,191 career hits.
On May 25, 1937, Hadley, upset by a home run in a previous at bat, threw the pitch which hit Mickey Cochrane in the head. The resulting injury nearly killed Cochrane, and ended his playing career.
After retiring, Hadley began doing a sports show for WBZ radio and served as the sports director for WBZ-TV in the mid-1940s. He also served as an announcer for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, and Boston Bruins. An alumnus of Brown University, he died in his hometown at the age of 58.
- "WBZ-TV to Televise Bruins' Home Games". The Boston Daily Globe. September 25, 1949.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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