In what may be a first, a Hinds alumnus is a central character in a six-time Oscar-nominated 2011 film.
Chad Bradford (1995), a former Eagles standout baseball player and member of the Hinds Sports Hall of Fame class of 2007, is portrayed in the movie “Moneyball.” The movie is based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis about the Oakland As’ success using unconventional ways of finding and drafting players in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Chad, who was recently hired as the pitching coach for the Hinds baseball program, now lives in Raymond and is a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board. He is featured in the book and movie for his unique submarine-style pitching delivery, which propelled him from playing for the Hinds Eagles through a successful pro career. Chad is played by actor Casey Bond in the movie, himself a former minor league baseball player turned actor.
Despite being a future major leaguer, the 17-year-old Bradford was barely recruited coming out of high school. Only one scout, Warren Hughes of the Chicago White Sox, ever saw potential for his being a professional pitcher while watching the sidearmer.
“Hinds Community College was the step I needed at that time and I can honestly say that without Hinds I would not have made it to the big leagues. I was able to get a great education, thanks to my scholarship,” Chad said.
He was a key contributor in helping lead the Eagles to two consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series appearances in 1994 and 1995 under then-head coach Rick Clarke.