Bradley Lee Gulden (born June 10, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants. He debuted with the Dodgers on September 22, 1978 against the San Diego Padres after being drafted by L.A. in the 17th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft. Gulden played in fewer than 10 games in four of his seven major league seasons and finished with a batting average of .200.
On August 3, 1979, during the Yankees' first game after the death of Thurman Munson in an airplane crash the previous day, Gulden replaced starting catcher Jerry Narron in the ninth inning. Gulden started on August 6 in the team's first game after Munson's funeral, only to be replaced himself in the ninth by Narron.
Gulden holds a place in Major League Baseball trivia by being one of four players in history to be traded for himself, along with Harry Chiti, Dickie Noles, and John McDonald. In 1980, the New York Yankees sent him to the Seattle Mariners with $150,000 for a player to be named and Larry Milbourne. In May 1981, the Mariners sent Gulden back to the Yankees as the player to be named.
In 1986, Gulden was on his way out of the major leagues, when he was given the nickname "Humm Baby" by Giants manager Roger Craig after he had been given a spot on the roster as a third catcher.
Gulden currently resides in rural Minnesota where he is now a volunteer firefighter as well as a car salesman. He also enjoys watching his son play baseball for the Hamburg Hawks baseball club of the Crow River Valley League.
- ^ Kroner, Steve (April 9, 2006). "20TH ANNIVERSARY: Brad Gulden / The original The original Humm-baby / Craig's fond label for scrub caught on". Retrieved February 7, 2013.
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