Bradford died on September 12th, 1985 in Bee Branch, AR2 and was buried in Huie Cemetery in Clinton, AR3.
"Claude Bradford, pitcher, 24 years old. Home, Shirley, Ark. Married. Bats and throws right handed. This is his first tryout in organized baseball. Last year, he played with the outlaw Western Arkansas league and also with the state normal at Conway. he pitched thirty-one games, winning twenty five and losing six. His batting average was .298."4
"Claude Bradford, Shirley, Ark., . . . "5
""Great rule, that rookie rule!" shouted manager Hasbrook of Cedar Rapids in the ninth inning of Monday's game as Claude Bradford was winding up a great pitching performance. Hasbrook's sarcasm was provoked by his teammates' inability to get more than four hits off Bradford, who is on the books as a rookie. True, Bradford shows a coolness that most youngsters lack, but Dixon says that that is his Arkansas temperament. If anyone moves faster than a slow walk in Arkansas he is arrested for speeding, the skipper says. Bradford looks more than his 28 years, but they age faster in Arkansas, Dixon explains. If Hasbrook suspects that Bradford is parading under false colors, he has every right in the world to look up his record."6
" . . . the brilliant relief hurling of Claude Bradford, the Arkansas artist, that really saved the day for [Waterloo]."7
"Claud Bradford, the caml flinger down from Arkansas . . ."8
Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1. Bradford's WWI Draft Card
2. Social Security Death Index
4. Joplin Globe, 4/13/1923
5. Joplin Globe, 3/23/1924
6. Waterloo Evening Courier, 7/18/1928
7. Waterloo Evening Courier, 7/27/1928
8. Waterloo Evening Courier, 8/6/1928