Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Monday, December 13, 2010

1976 Topps #644 - Tom Bradley



  • Tom Bradley pitched in the majors from 1969-1975. Bradley was drafted by the California Angels in 1968. Bradley pitched in the minors in 1969 and in 1970. Tom was given a short September look in 1969 and was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA in three games.
  • Tom had an 11-1 record with a 2.53 ERA in AAA Hawaii in 1970. Bradley came up to the Angels in early July and was 2-5 with a 4.13 ERA in 17 games (11 starts).
  • After the 1970 season Bradley was traded to the Chicago White Sox with Tom Egan and Jay Johnstone for three players.
  • Bradley had his two best seasons for the White Sox. In 1971 he was 15-14 with a 2.98 ERA in 45 games (39 starts). Tom had a record of 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA in 40 starts in 1972. 
  • Before the 1973 season Bradley was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Ken Henderson and Steve Stone. Tom was 13-12 with a 3.90 ERA in 34 starts in 1973.
  • In 1974 Bradley pitched only twice after August 12. He had an 8-11 record with a 5.16 ERA in 30 games (21 starts) for the Giants in 1974.
  • Bradley's last season was in 1975. Tom was 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA in 13 games (6 starts) with the Giants. He also spent some time in AAA Phoenix in '75. 
  • Tom was waived  by the Giants at the end of spring training in 1976. Bradley was claimed by the Oakland A's and assigned to AAA Tucson. Tom was 5-9 with a 6.51 in Tucson and retired after the 1976 season.
  • Bradley coached college baseball for several years after his playing career. He coached Jacksonville University from 1978-1990 and the University of Maryland from 1991-2000. Tom was a minor league pitching coach from 2001-2010. He is now the pitching coach at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C., where his son is the head coach.
  • Edit (4/1/11): Here is a cool blog entry (Baseball by the Letters) about Mr. Bradley. His answers to a few questions shed some light on his career and on what he's been up to since leaving pro baseball.

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