George W. Bradley, whose portrait is above given, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., about thirty years ago, and commenced his career on the ball-field as the third-baseman of an amateur club of that city. His professional career began in 1874, when he pitched for the Eastern Club of Easton, Pa. He made a fine reputation in the pitcher's position during his first season, his most notable performances being against the Philadelphias and Athletics - each utterly failing to hit him. Bradley also pitched for the Athletics in a ten-inning exhibition game with the Bostons Oct. 20, 1874, at Worcester, Mass., and greatly distinguished himself on that occasion. He, however, first came into notice in the professional arena as the pitcher of the St. Louis Club in 1875, that organization auspiciously inaugurating its championship season by defeating the Chicagos by a score of 10 to 0. We cannot spare the space necessary to mention in detail all of his remarkable feats in pitching during the two seasons he played in St. Louis, and it must suffice to say that the chief credit of most of the victories gained by the "Brown Stockings" undoubtedly belonged to Bradley's wonderfully effective delivery. He was engaged by the Chicago Club in 1877, and pitched in a majority of games of the then champion organization. Bradley pitched in 1878 for the Bedfords, who gained the championship of New England and secured victories in four out of five games with the strongest League clubs. In 1879 he pitched for the newly organized Troy Club. This was the last season that he regularly acted as pitcher. Bradley played third-base for the champion nine of the Providence Club during the season of 1880, occasionally alternating with Ward in the pitcher's position. At the commencement of the present season he was engaged by the Detroit Club as short-stop and change-pitcher, but, having a slight attack of pneumonia, the result of a cold caught n one of the opening games in this city, he asked for his release and returned to Philadelphia. He soon recovered his health, however, and was secured by the Clevelands as their third-baseman, making his first appearance with that nine June 13, and by his fine fielding has evinced that he is a decided acquisition.
-New York Clipper, September 3, 1881
It's Christmas week and we're all busy so I'm just going to post some of the stuff I've found in the Clipper while looking into the origins of the AA. I found some cool stuff, like the above profile of George Washington Bradley, and I'm just going to share that with all of you this week. We'll get back to the Restoration of 1881 next week.