Monday, February 25, 2008

Foghorn's last stop Goosetown

George H. "Foghorn" Bradley (Born on July 1, 1855 in Milford, MA.
Died: March 31, 1900. Buried in Huntingdon, PA, a place originally referred to as Goosetown.)

Was a pitcher and umpire in major league baseball. In 1876, for the Boston Red Caps (also known as Red Stockings. This Boston team was one of the two charter members and still remains, only now they are the Atlanta Braves after leaving Boston for Milwaukee before landing in Georgia. To alleviate the confusion the Red Caps became the Beaneaters as the other charter member Cincinnati Red Stockings kept their name in tact). His won/loss record was 9-10 as he participated in 22 games, starting 21 of them. Of the 21 games he started, he completed 16, one being a shutout.

Foghorn didn't play in 1877. (No explanation for the colorful nickname was given by Wikipedia.)

Became a full time umpire in 1879 and officiated games in the National League until 1883.

Although his career as an umpire was short, he was involved in a couple of historic games.

On June 12, 1880, he was the umpire when John Lee Richmond pitched the first perfect game, which was the second no-hitter, in major league history. (Back in these times there was only one umpire, so it's naturally assumed he umpired from behind home plate.)

Later in that season on August 20, 1880, he was the umpire for another no-hitter, this time by future Hall of Famer Pud Galvin, this would be the fifth no-hitter in major league history.

Kevin Marquez