Today in Tribe History: March 11, 1954

Former member of Cleveland’s inaugural American League baseball franchise and a one-time manager with the organization, Bill Bradley, passes away in Cleveland. He was 76 years old.

Bradley started his Major League Baseball career with the Chicago Orphans in 1899, but the third baseman jumped to the Cleveland Blues before the start of the club’s first season. He became a regular at the hot corner for the team, playing with the club through 1910. He hit a career-best .340 in 1902 with 11 homers, 12 triples, and 39 doubles. He followed that season with a career-high of 22 triples the next season. He led the league in sacrifices in 1907 (46) and 1908 (60).

In addition to playing for Cleveland, he also managed the club for 41 games of the 1905 season.

He played in the minors with Toronto from 1911 to 1913 before moving on to the Federal League with Brooklyn and Kansas City in 1914 and 1915. Following his career, he scouted for the Indians for 25 years until his retirement in 1953.

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