Inductees The late Lee Handley was a Bradley baseball standout from St. Louis who played 10 years in the major leagues with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
An infielder by trade, Handley played second, third and shortstop in his big league career, a career which began in 1936 after he and many other players were "freed" by the late Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Landis after learning that many major league teams were controlling too many players. He was signed to a $20,000 bonus contract with Pittsburgh at a time when that amount was reserved for the game's premier players.
His major league career spanned 968 games in which he batted .269 with 15 home runs and 297 RBIs. His career ended in 1947 with the Phillies. He was also known for his defensive prowess and was considered to be one of the smoothest fielding third basemen in the National League throughout his decade of service.
He also was the first in a series of Bradley baseball players to attain national recognition on the Hilltop and was considered by A. J. Robertson to be the finest player in Bradley's distinguished baseball history.
The late Lee Handley was a Bradley baseball standout from St. Louis who played 10 years in the major leagues with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
This East Peoria native and Spalding ('82) graduate took the Irish to the 1982 state finals before obtaining an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern where he was an All-Big Ten catcher in 1985 and 1986. Drafted in the 5th round MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, Joe turned a successful major league playing career into a managerial career, first as bench coach of the New York Yankees, and recently as manager of the Florida MarIin.