Bradshaw, George

Primary Position: Catcher
Birthplace: Salisbury

First, Middle Nams: George Thomas   

Date of Birth:  Sept. 12, 1924             Date and Place of Death: Nov. 4, 1994, Hendersonville
Burial: Western Carolina Veteran’s Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC

High School: China Grove High School, China Grove, NC

Bats: R             Throws: R        Height and Weight: 6-2, 185
Debut Year: 1952       Final Year: 1952          Years Played: 1
Team and Year: Washington Senators, 1952

Career Summary
G         AB       H         R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
10        23        5          3          6          0          .217     .280     304      -0.2

George Bradshaw was considered a solid, minor-league catcher when he finally got the call in 1952. He had spent almost six years in the low minors. At his last two stops – in Statesville and Morganton in North Carolina – he had smashed more than 30 homer runs and had hit close to .330.

That attracted the attention of the Washington Senators. When his time came, though, Bradshaw lasted about a month in Washington. He appeared in 10 games and hit just over .200. He finished his baseball career as, once again, a solid minor-league catcher.

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Baker, Bill

Primary Position: Catcher
Birthplace: Paw Creek

Full Name: William Presley

Date of Birth:  Feb. 22, 1911  Date and Place of Death: April 13, 2006, Myrtle Beach, SC
Burial: Unity Church Cemetery, Woodleaf

High School: Boyden High School, Salisbury, NC
College: Did not attend

Bats: R             Throws: R        Height and Weight: 6-0, 200
Debut Year: 1940       Final Year: 1949          Years Played: 7
Teams and Years: Cincinnati Reds, 1940-41; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1941-43, 1946; St. Louis Cardinals, 1948-49

Career Summary
G         AB       H         R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
263    588    145    45       68       2         .247     .328     .316     +0.6

Bill Baker spent a decade in the minor leagues as an everyday catcher before getting his shot in the majors in 1940. Though he would spend seven years with three National League clubs, Baker was never more than a backup catcher.

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