Tom Bradley (baseball)
November 15, 1947 |
Asheville, North Carolina
|September 9, 1969, for the California Angels|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 15, 1975, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||3.72|
After being drafted by the California Angels in 1968, Bradley made his Major League debut for them on Sept. 9, 1969. It was not an auspicious one, Bradley being roughed up in a seven-run inning by the Minnesota Twins and taking the loss in an 11-7 defeat. He entered the game in the sixth inning and gave up a leadoff single to Cesar Tovar and a two-run homer by Leo Cardenas. With two more men on base after Rod Carew reached on an error, Tony Oliva hit a two-run double and Bradley was lifted from the game.
He was traded on Nov. 30, 1970 to the Chicago White Sox and promptly became one of the team's most reliable starting pitchers. Bradley's 1971 season included a 15-15 record and six shutouts, his 39 starts being the third-highest total in the American League that season.
One of his most impressive starts came early in the season, when Bradley threw a four-hit shutout against the Oakland A's on April 17, 1971 at Comiskey Park, striking out 10, including Reggie Jackson three times.
After another 15-win season a year later, the White Sox traded him to the San Francisco Giants, where Bradley had a 13-12 record in 1973. He finished his MLB career with the Giants in 1975.
Bradley served as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1991 to 2000. As coach, his Maryland Terrapins achieved a record of 243–306–5 (.439). His Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record stands at 57–173 (.248). He had more success coaching at Jacksonville University, where he coached the Dolphins. From 1979 to 1990, he compiled a 432–291–5 (.597) record.
In 2001, Bradley managed the Medicine Hat Blue Jays in the Pioneer League. He served as a pitching coach for the Midwest League's Lansing Lugnuts, a Blue Jays affiliate, in 2005. He remained in the Midwest League for the 2006 season, joining the San Diego Padres' affiliate, the Fort Wayne Wizards, as their pitching coach. Bradley spent the 2007 season as the pitching coach for the Padres's short-season Northwest League affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds. He returned to the Wizards in the same capacity in 2008.