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.
|2018 Tri-County male athlete of year|
Jace Punke (Washington High School): Won class 2A state heavyweight title (285 lbs) despite wrestling at 245 pounds. Finished 45-4, ranked 10th nationally. Helped Panthers win a third consecutive state duals title. In the summer he won the Greco-Roman title and was freestyle runner-up at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Nationals at 220 pounds. Punke was a starting offensive and defensive lineman for 11-1 state football quarterfinalist.