From BR Bullpen
James Joseph Brady (Diamond Jim)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Notre Dame
- Debut May 12, 1956
- Final Game August 2, 1956
- Born March 2, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ USA
 Biographical Information
When left-hand pitcher Jim Brady and outfielder Jim Small were signed to large bonus contracts by the Detroit Tigers in 1955, the two became known as the "James Boys," after the nineteenth century outlaw gang, by their veteran teammates who felt they had robbed the organization of a lot of money.
"Diamond Jim," as he was called, was signed to a $37,500 bonus after his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame. After tearing a tendon in his elbow he did not pitch at all in 1955. In Brady's inaugural '56 season, he was banged around for 15 base hits, 3 homers and walked 11 in his six career innings of work as a reliever. He accumulated an astronomical career ERA of 28.42.
In June of 1957 his two years of having to remain on the big league roster because of the bonus rule of the day was up. He was sent out to the Augusta Tigers of the class A South Atlantic League where he won 6 and lost 5 with a 3.00 ERA. He then spent 1958 with the Augusta Tigers, Lancaster Red Roses and the Birmingham Barons building a combined record of 4-6 with a 4.19 ERA.
After pro baseball, Jim returned to the University of Notre Dame and eventually earned his master's and Ph.D. in the field of education. After several years of teaching at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and spending 1970 as baseball coach at ODU, he became the dean of arts and sciences at Jacksonville University where (in 1990) Dr. James Brady became the school's president.