Bill Bradley (baseball)

William Joseph Bradley (February 13, 1878 – March 11, 1954) was a third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. He recognized as one of the best third basemen in baseball prior to 1950, along with Jimmy Collins and Pie Traynor. He led American League third basemen in fielding four times, setting a league record of seven putouts in one game in both 1901 and 1909.[1] Bill Bradley was the first Cleveland baseball player to hit for the cycle on September 24, 1903. In 1902 he hit home runs in four straight games and finished the year with a .340 batting average.[1]

WJ Bradley in Brooklyn uniform Clev Pub Library
Bradley with the Brooklyn club, circa 1914.

Bradley made his professional debut on August 26, 1899 with the Chicago Orphans. After playing for two seasons in Chicago, Bradley moved to Cleveland to play for the newly formed American League. He spent the next decade with the Cleveland franchise, his best season coming in 1902 when he had a batting average of .340, 12 triples, and 11 home runs. After the 1910 season, Bradley spent three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League before returning to the Federal League in 1914, playing for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops that year and the Kansas City Packers the following year.

After finishing his playing and managing career in the Federal League, Bill Bradley was a scout for the Cleveland Indians. He was elected to the Indians' Hall of Fame shortly after his death in 1954.[1] Bradley died in Cleveland at the age of 76 due to pneumonia.[2] He was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.[3]

Bill Bradley
Bill Bradley Baseball
Third baseman / Manager
Born: February 13, 1878
Cleveland, Ohio
Died: March 11, 1954 (aged 76)
Cleveland, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 26, 1899, for the Chicago Orphans
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1915, for the Kansas City Packers
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs34
Runs batted in552
Stolen bases181
Managerial record97–98
Winning %.497
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b c The Editors of Total Baseball (2000). Baseball:The Biographical Encyclopedia. Sports Illustrated. p. 117. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.
  2. ^ Obituary Archived June 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 25, 2006.
  3. ^ Retrieved October 25, 2006.

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Preceded by
Patsy Dougherty
Hitting for the cycle
September 24, 1903
Succeeded by
Duff Cooley
Bill Bradley (disambiguation)

Bill Bradley is an American retired politician and NBA basketball player.

Bill Bradley may also refer to:

Bill Bradley (ABA) (1941–2002), American Basketball Association player

Bill Bradley (American football) (born 1947), football player

Bill Bradley (baseball) (1878–1954), baseball player

Bill Bradley (cricketer) (1875–1944), cricketer

Bill Bradley (cyclist) (1933–1997), English cyclist

Bill Bradley (d. 1992), member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives also known as W. D. Bradley


Bradley is an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad wood" or "broad meadow" in Old English.Like many English surnames Bradley can also be used as a given name and as such has become popular.

It is also an Anglicisation of the Irish name O’Brolachán (also O’Brallaghan) from County Tyrone in Ireland. The family moved and spread to counties Londonderry, Donegal and Cork, and England.


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