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.