Next up in my 100th anniversary 1976 sub-set in George Bradley, who had an interesting career.
Here’s the card:
Bradley was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Major League
history, doing so on July 15th, 1876 against the Hartford Dark Blues,
In that inaugural season, he posted a 45-19 record with a 1.23 earned run average as he completed 63 of his 64 starts.
He also pitched what is STILL a record 16 shutouts (since tied by Grover
Cleveland Alexander), and threw 573 innings for the St. Louis Brown
Though he played eleven seasons of pro ball, spanning the days of the
National Association through to the Union Association and American
Association, he played for ten different teams.
He also played a variety of positions during his career, from pitcher to infield to the outfield.
As a pitcher he ended up with a 171-151 record with a .243 ERA and 33
shutouts over 347 appearances, 325 of which were starts, between 1875
As a fielder/batter, he finished with a .229 career average with 518
hits over 2258 at-bats, which lasted through the 1888 season.
Nevertheless he left his mark on the history of the game, leading to a virtual card some 140 years later on some guy’s blog...