Bump Hadley

The chunky curveballer was 14-6 as a rookie (1927), but generally had mediocre records with the Senators. Things got worse with the second-division Browns; in 1932, he led the AL with 21 losses. In 1932 and 1933 he led the league in walks, and retired third on the all-time walks list. After being traded to the powerful Yankees, he achieved consistent success and played on four straight pennant winners (1936-39). Hadley fractured Mickey Cochrane’s skull with a pitch in 1937, ending the great catcher’s career. Bump came by his nickname as a child when his short, heavy build was likened to that of a children’s book character, Bumpus.