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Kent William Hadley

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho
Death: March 10, 2005 (70)
Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho
Place of Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho
Immediate Family:

Son of Glenn W Hadley and Dorothy R. Hadley
Ex-husband of <private> Hadley (Banyard)
Father of <private> Ingram (Hadley) and <private> Hadley

Occupation: Major League baseball player
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About Kent Hadley

Kent William Hadley (December 17, 1934 – March 10, 2005) was a professional baseball player. A free-swinging first baseman, he played three years in Major League Baseball (1958–60) and six seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball (1962–67).

He led the Southern Association with 34 home runs in 1958. At the time the 23-year-old prospect was playing for the Little Rock Travelers.

A year later he was the starting first baseman for the Kansas City A's. That December he was part of the trade that sent Roger Maris from Kansas City to the New York Yankees. After spending the 1960 season on the Yankee bench, Hadley played for the San Diego Padres in 1961 then went to Japan.

Hadley became the first foreigner to homer in his first at-bat in Japan. For the Nankai Hawks, Kent went deep off of Junichi Nakajima on May 1, 1962 in Heiwadai Stadium. Overall, Kent had an unimpressive season at the plate, hitting just .266/.296/.414. The Hawks brought him back in 1963 and he improved drastically, cranking out 30 long balls and batting .295/.341/.517 with 84 RBI. He made the Pacific League All-Star team and had his best season in Japan.

In 1964, Hadley hit .263/.328/.470 with 29 home runs and a league-high 99 strikeouts. He hit a dramatic game-ending game-winning home run in game 4 of the Japan Series that year, taking Minoru Murayama deep. The blow helped the Hawks to a 4-3 Series win over the Hanshin Tigers - it would be the last Japan Series title for Nankai.

As Nankai's 1B in 1965, Kent batted .239/.274/.492, again cracking 29 home runs and driving in 86 runners. His power began to fade the next season but he picked up his average as his line read .279/.340/.443 with 18 HR. In his final season for the Hawks, Hadley hit just .213/.266/.341 with 14 homers.

Hadley said one of the proudest parts of his career was playing for Rod Dedeaux, Casey Stengel and Kazuto Tsuruoka, a famous trio of managers in different settings.[citation needed]

Hadley was born and died in Pocatello, Idaho.


Kent's father, Glenn, was a very accomplished ballplayer in high school and his maternal grandfather, Otto Barthold, was a semi-pro pitcher who came very close to pitching in the Major Leagues.

Kent married fellow high school classmate Mary Banyard, whose brother, Mickey, was a high school classmate and baseball teammate of Kent. Kent and Mickey were very close friends to the ends of their lives.

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Kent Hadley's Timeline

December 17, 1934
Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho
September 14, 1958
- December 1959
Age 23
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
December 1959
- August 21, 1960
Age 24
New York City, New York, United States
May 1, 1962
- December 1967
Age 27
Fukuoka, Japan
March 10, 2005
Age 70
Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho
Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho