Fred Bradley

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Fred Langdon Bradley

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Kansas native Fred Bradley spent seven seasons in professional baseball from 1940 to 1949. He also spent three years (1943-1945) in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Bradley spent three seasons in the minors before enlisting in the military. He went 8-6 in 24 games for the Idaho Falls Russets of the Class C Pioneer League in his first season in the pros. Fred then had two double-digit win seasons, back-to-back, racking up 16 wins for the same Idaho squad in 1941, and winning 14 for the Tacoma Tigers of the Class B Western International League in 1942, before entering the service. Back from the Navy in time for the 1946 season, Fred spent the next two seasons (1946-1947) with the Kansas City Blues of the American Association, an affiliate of the New York Yankees. He spun a 7-9 record in 1946 but came right back the following year and put together a 13-4 record to go with a 2.98 ERA. On February 24, 1948, he was traded by the Yankees, along with Aaron Robinson and Bill Wight, to the Chicago White Sox for Eddie Lopat.

Bradley made his debut with the White Sox on May 1, 1948, and it was a long summer. He appeared in just eight games, pitching 15 2/3 innings with a 4.60 ERA with no decisions. He was back with the White Sox for the 1949 season and made his only appearance May 1st, pitching two innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 runs for a 13.50 ERA in his swan song. Fred finished the 1949 season, and his career, with the Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association. He went 3-9 in 19 appearances. Fred finished his playing career with a 61-52 minor league record in 172 games, while pitching 988 innings.

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