Irving "Bump" Hadley '28
Year Inducted: 1971
Irving "Bump" Hadley '28, one of baseball's finest hurlers coming out of the bullpen, helped pitch the New York Yankees to an unprecedented four consecutive world championships from 1936-39. Hadley pitched Lynn English High to the N.E. championship in 1923 and the next year gained national prominence for striking out 26 while hurling a perfect game for Mercersburg Academy. He came to Brown in 1924, starred with a brilliant freshman team, but dropped out the next year to sign with the Senators. The chunky right hander pitched 16 years in the majors and posted a career record of 161-165 with a 4.25 ERA. With the powerful Yankees in 1936, Hadley had a 14-4 record and led American League pitchers in won-lost percentage with a .778. The curve ball artist pitched in three world series games, winning two and losing one to Carl Hubbell of the Giants.