Vic Bradford

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Henry Victor Bradford

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Biographical Information[edit]

Vic Bradford played six games with the New York Giants in 1943. In his lone big league start, he recorded his lone hit, a single off George Diehl of the Boston Braves. Vic was later the baseball coach at the University of Kansas in 1947 and Baylor in 1951.

Vic came out of the University of Alabama to play most of three years with the Clinton Giants. He also spent part of a season with the Hartford Bees and all of 1942 with the Jacksonville Tars before he got his chance in the majors in 1943.

Just when his big league career might have gotten started, he went into the Navy, The big league Giants didn't release him until 1946, and he played some games in the minors that year for the Topeka Owls.

Overall, Vic's minor league batting average was .320 and he slugged .466.

An article in the Detroit Evening Times [1] indicates that he was an All-American fullback in college. His baseball career was hindered because he had "failing vision". Wearing glasses helped. Wikipedia, however (retrieved 03-05-21 [2]), says that his eyesight was fixed by surgery.

Another source [3] says Vic quarterbacked Alabama to the Rose Bowl, was a player-coach at "St. Mary's Pre-Flight" (presumably in service ball), and turned down pro football in favor of baseball. In WWII he was a Lieutenant. After his pro baseball career, he was Baylor's baseball coach as well as backfield coach for the football team.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1942 Jacksonville Tars South Atlantic League 3rd Lost in 1st round replaced Babe Ganzel

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