Manchester New Hampshire Major League Baseball Catcher: Thomas Francis Padden (1908-1973)

A modest base ball field bears his name at Steven’s Pond Park in Manchester, New Hampshire. Reportedly it is the “same field where he learned to play ball.”  At Gill Stadium, a plaque near the entrance bears his name.

Thomas Francis Padden

Thomas Francis Padden

On February 26, 1936, while he was catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, surrounded by a large crowd, tossed a silver dollar about 475 feet over the Merrimack River, and into a snow pile.  He did this to emulate the feat of the great pitcher Walter Johnson, who did it to emulate the reported feat of George Washington (the President, not the baseball player).

Born Thomas Francis Padden, but preferring the more casual name of “Tom,” he was born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1908, the son of Irish immigrants.  He graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Manchester in 1924, and entered Holy Cross College at Worcester MA where he played first base and caught on the freshman team.   The following year he returned home to Manchester where he attended St. Anselm College, reportedly graduating from there. From a 1932 Springfield Republican article [Jim Davison and Bill Kidney] “state that even at college, Padden was a far better than ordinary hitter as well as being a high-class backstop.”

In the summer of 1927 Tom played in the Blackstone Valley Massachusetts, semi-pro league.  Then starting in 1928 he began playing for minor league professional ball teams, starting with the Bridgeport (CT) Bears in 1928, the Baltimore Orioles in 1929, the New York Yankees in 1930/1931, Kansas City in 1931, New York Yankees (again) in 1932, when he was sold in May of 1932 to the Pittsburgh Nationals for $7,500.

Tom Padden was “broken in” with the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1932, playing with them for six years through 1937. The highlights of his major league career included playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1932 to 1937 (old number 31), the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943, and Washington Nationals in 1943.

During his career he batted a modest .272 with two home runs and 110 runs batted in. His best season was 1934 when he batted .321.

After his retirement from professional baseball, reportedly Tom had several jobs, and coached both baseball and basketball for the local schools.

—-Newspaper Announcements Regarding Tom Padden—-

In July of 1928 it was announced that Tom would leave the Manchester Club of the New England League to catch for the New York Yankees.

In August of 1929 the Springfield MA newspaper states that “Tom Padden, catcher of the Manchester club of the New England league, today (August 9) was ordered by the New York Yankees to report to the Bridgeport club of the Eastern league.

28 November 1930, the Rockford IL Morning Star announces that Tom Padden of the Baltimore Orioles (along with pitcher Jim Weaver) were sold to the New York Yankees.

In June of 1931, the Yankees sold Catcher Tom Padden to Kansas City.

In January of 1932 the Hartford CT Courant announced that Tom, who played with Kansas City in the American Association baseball league in 1931 was to join the Yankees, and an announcement was made of their signed contracts.

A May 22, 1932 Aberdeen SD Daily news announced that “The New York Yankees through their International League farm. Newark. sold catcher Tom Padden to the Pittsburgh Nationals for $7,500.

In April of 1932, The Springfield (MA) Republican announced that “The New York Yankees today announced they had sent Tom Padden, their young catcher, to their International Farm team at Newark. Tom was optioned out to Kansas City of the American association last year. He batted .311 in 94 games.

In May of 1932, the Riverside Daily Press (Riverside CA) reports: “Pittsburgh has purchased Tom Padden of the Newark team of the International League. Once upon a time Pittsburgh had a Dick Padden who was a right smart ball player and a keystone-sacker.”

A June 20, 1933 Boston Herald reports, “The Pirates loafed yesterday in the main. Catcher Tom Padden the Manchester, N.H. lad, took a group of the Buccs up to the Granite State Sunday night and had them fishing yesterday. In the crew were Outfielder Freddy Lindstom, Ptichers Bill Swift and Larry French and Heinie Meine.”

On May 7, 1935 the Boston Globe announced “Tommy Padden, Manchester catcher with the Pittsburg Pirates, was given a reception tonight, this city [Manchester NH] being his home town. Coaches of the local high schools and St. Anselm’s College were in attendance.  A sparkling program of entertainment was given by Division No. 1, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Master of ceremonies was attorney John B. Cavanaugh.”

On Dec 4, 1937 the Pittsburg Press announced, “in a separate deal the Giants bought Catcher Tom Padden from the Cardinals for their Jersey City farm. Padden has never played with St. Louis having gone to the Cards recently…”

Of March 1943, in the Augusta (GA) Chronicle: March 13, Catcher Tom Padden and Pitcher Salvadore Gliatto have been traded by the Newark baseball club of the International League to Kansas City in the American Association for Catcher Mike Barbark. It was a straight player swap with no cash involved.  Padden, a Newark veteran, batted .220 for the club last season…” [The Newark Bears traded him to the Kansas City Blues].

News article, 1937: (l to r) Mrs. Teresa Padden, daughter Janice, Tom Padden, son Tommy.

News article, 1937: (l to r) Mrs. Teresa Padden, daughter Janice, Tom Padden, son Tommy.

28 February 1948–A Boston Herald newspaper announcement states “Manchester, N.H. Feb. 27–Tom Padden, 37-year-old ex-major league catcher, today was named manager of the Manchester Giants of the New England Baseball League.

In 1953 the Manchester City Directory:
–Padden, Thomas F. (Theresa A) ball player h 496 Central

In 1959 the Manchester City Directory:
–Padden, Thomas F. (Theresa A.) meat packer h496 Central
–Padden, Thomas F., jr. studt, r496 Central

In 1964 the Manchester City Directory :
–Padden, Thos F. (Theresa) SLSMN (salesman) H 496 Central Street

13 June 1973–Cleveland Ohio Plain Dealer: “Manchester N.H. (AP) Funeral Services will be held Thursday for Tom Padden of Manchester, a catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates and other major league teams in the 1930s and ’40s. He died Monday at the age of 64.”

=====First Generation=====

Edward Padden, b. abt 1841 Ireland, d. March 1924 in Belmullet, Mayo Co. Ireland; m. 8 March 1868 in Belmullet, Mayo, Ire to Barbara Conway, dau of Anthony Conway.  She was b. in 1849 in Mayo Co. Ireland; Edward resided in Shanahee, Ballyglass, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1918 [per his son Thomas’s WWI Draft Registration]. [see his familiy in 1901 Irish Census]
Children of Edward & Barbara (Conway) Padden:
1. Bridget Padden, b. Aug 1867 in Belmullet, Mayo Ire; m. 1889 to Michael Cavanaugh. In 1900 living in Manchester NH; in 1910 residing Manhattan NY; children [Cavanaugh], Thomas, Mary, Barbara, John C. (b 4 June 1897 Manchester NH)
2. +Patrick Padden, b. 1 Feb 1869 in Co. Mayo Ireland; immigrated in 1897
3. Anne Padden, b. 10 Feb 1871 in Co. Mayo Ireland
4. Anthony Padden, b. 10 Feb 1871, d. before 1887 in Co. Mayo Ireland
5. John Padden, b. 5 June 1872 in Co. Mayo Ireland
6. +Michael Joseph Padden, b. March 1876 in Ireland
7. Rose Padden, b. 1875 in Belmullet, Mayo, Ireland
8. Catherine Padden, b. 6 April 1877 in Co. Mayo Ire; m. Daniel Dixon
9. Edward Padden, b. 15 Nov 1879 in Co. Mayo Ire; m. 1909 to Mary Cawley.
10. Thomas Conway Padden, b. 27 Apr 1882 in Ireland; m. 30 Sep 1919 in Manchester NH to Helen A. Clancy, dau of David Thomas & Anna (Kildbrides) Clancy. She was b. 22 July 1891 in Manchester NH, and d. July 1968 in Manchester NH. At the time of their marriage he was a steamfitter and she was a mill operative. He immigrated in 1909, naturalized in 1914.
12. +Anthony Joseph Padden, b. 28 June 1886 in Co. May Ire

=====Second Generation=====

Patrick Padden, son of Edward & Barbara (Conway) Padden, was b. 1 Feb 1869 in Co. Mayo Ireland, and d. 5 Dec 1935 in Manchester NH; m. 28 Apr 1903 in Manchester NH to Barbara Tighe, dau of Anthony & Mary (Lavelle) Tighe.  She b. abt 1879 in Ireland, and d. 1953 in NH. His occupation at time of marriage: mill fireman. Marriage record of his daughter states his occupation as Sexton. He immigrated in 1897 to America. In 1900 his occupation is boiler tender. At the time of his death in 1935 he was living at 284 Central Street, and his wife was still alive.
1930 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Patrick Padden 62
Barbara F. Padden 52
Mary G. Padden 25
Beatrice A. Padden 23
Edward M. Padden 21
Hannah Padden 29
Catherine Padden 18
Helen Padden 16
Children of Patrick & Barbara (Tighe) Padden:
1. Mary M. Padden, b abt 1905 in Manchester NH; m. 6 Oct 1931 in Manchester NH to John J. Maloney, son of James P. & Anne (McKenzie) Maloney. He was b abt 1902 in Malden MA; occupations at the time of marriage were office manager and clerk.
2. Beatrice Mary Padden, b. abt 1907 in Manchester NH; m. 6 June 1933 in Manchester NH to Francis J. Healy, son of Jeremiah & Nora (Sheehan) Healy.  He was b. abt 1903 in Manchester NH; occupations at time of marriage: police officer, and clerk.
3. Edward M. Padden, b 1909 in Manchester NH, d 1968 in Manchester NH
4. Anne V. “Hannah” Padden, b. abt 1910 NH; m. 6 June 1933 in Manchester NH to Francis A. Gilhooley, son of James & Ellen (Kennedy) Gilhooley.  He b. abt 1905.
5. Katherine Patricia Padden, b 15 Sep 1911 in Manchester NH, d. 31 May 1986 in Rockville Center NY; m. 8 July 1935 in Manchester NH to William Thomas Parnell, son of Hugh & Helen (Crean) Parnell.  He b. abt 1904 in Brooklyn NY.  At the time of their marriage, occupations: Dentist, and Registered Nurse.
6. Helen Barbara Padden, b. 2 July 1913 Manchester NH, d. 18 November 1996 in NH, m. 10 Oct 1939 to Peter Francis Tuohy, soon of Peter G. & Margaret (McGovern) Tuohy.  He was b. abt 1911 in Manchester NH.  His occupation: Street Car Operator; her occupation, office clerk.

Michael Joseph Padden, son of Edward & Barbara (Conway) Padden, b. abt 1875 in Ireland, and d. 4 Jan 1938 in Manchester NH; he m1)  7 June 1904 in Manchester NH to Bridget Dolan/Dolen, dau of Michael & Bridget (Hopkins) Dolan.  She was b 1874 in Ireland, and d. 19 April 1913, age 39 in Manchester NH.  He married 2nd) 24 Aug 1914 in Manchester NH to Annie Agnes Padden, dau of Patrick & Helen (Boylan) Padden.  She b. 1894 in Ireland, and d. 11 Jan 1929 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Manchester NH, of influenza, age 35, her address at the time was 255 Auburn Street.  At the time of his 2nd marriage his occupation is Fireman.  In 1900 his occupation was boiler tender.
1920 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
255 Auburn St.
Padden, Michael Head M W 45 married immigrated 1900 naturalized 1905 Ire Ire Ire boiler fireman mill (b abt 1875]
Padden, Annie wife F W 26 married immigrated 1913 naturalized 1905 Ire Ire Ire
Padden, John son M W 14 single NH,
Padden, *Thomas son M W 12 single NH
Padden, Barbara, dau F W 10 single NH
Padden, Richard son M W 7 single NH
Padden, Helen dau F W 4 single NH
Padden, Katherine dau F S 2-2/12 single NH
Padden, Anna, dau F W 11/12 single NH
1930 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Michael Padden 52 4700 M W 42 widow Ire Ire Ire janitor schoolhouse
John Padden 24 son M W single NH teamster, grocery store
Thomas Padden 22 son M W single NH athlete, baseball
Barbara Padden 20 dau F W single NH
Richard Padden 17 son M W single NH
Helen Padden 14 dau F W single NH
Cathrine Padden 12 dau F W single NH
Anna Padden 11 dau F W 11 single NH
Mary Padden 9 dau F W 9 single NH
Madeline Padden 7 dau F W 9 single NH
Teresa Padden 4-11/12 F W single NH
Margaret Padden 2 F W single NH
1940 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Helen Padden 24 NH Head doubler shoe shop
Kathleen Padden 22 NH sister doubler shoe shop
Madeline Padden 17 NH sister
Theresa Padden 14 NH sister
Margaret Padden 12 NH sister
Mary Dolan aunt F W 65 single Ire
Children of Michael & Bridget (Dolan) Padden.
1. John J. Padden, b. 1905 in Manchester NH, d. 18 Oct 1937 in Manchester NH ; m. 29 Jan 1937 in Manchester NH to Lucienda Forest, dau of Alphone & Dianna (Melanson) Forest. She b. abt 1912 in Canada.  At the time of their marriage he was a clerk and she a waitress. He died and she married 2nd, 29 July 1938 in Manchester NH to Amede Joseph Bertrand, son of Robert & Louise (Gingras) Bertrand, as his 2nd wife (he was a widower). He was b. abt 1900 in Newton MA, an electrician.
2. Edward Padden, b. 5 Oct 1908 in Manchester NH; d, 16 Sep 1909, age 11 months 11 days of meningitis.
3. +Thomas F. Padden, born 6 Oct 1908 in NH
4. Barbara T. Padden, b. abt 1910 in NH, d. 13 Aug 1939 in Manchester NH; m. 5 Aug 1935 in Manchester NH to Jeremiah G. Shea, son of James & Margaret (Sullivan) Shea.  He was b abt 1905 in Manchester NH.  Their marriage record lists his occupation as milk man and hers, Registered Nurse.
5. +Richard Francis Padden, b. abt 1913 Manchester NH; He m. 11 Nov 1939 in Manchester NH to Mary Aquinas McSweeney, dau of Eugene & Mary (Campbell) McSweeney.  She b abt 1915 in Manchester NH. His occupation Bookkeeper, her occupation, Telephone operator.
Children of Michael & Annie (Padden) Padden:
6. Helen Patricia Padden, b. abt 1916 Manchester NH; m. 28 June 1947 in Manchester NH to Marcel Henry Dumont, son of George & Rosanna (Tremblay) Dumont.  He was b. abt 1918 in Canada.  At the time of their marriage, they were both shoeworkers.
7. Katherine “Kathleen” Padden, b. abt 1917 NH
8. Anna Padden, b. abt 1919 NH; m. 11 June 1938 at Salem, Rockingham Co. NH to John Theodore Parkhurst, son of William F. & Mary (Morrison) Parkhurst. He was b abt 1913 in Manchester NH, occupation chauffeur. Her occupation was shoeworker.
9. Mary Theresa Padden, b. abt 1921 Manchester NH; m. 29 Aug 1942 in Manchester NH to Jerome Patrick Parnell, son of Hugh & Helen (Crean/Creen) Parnell. He b. abt 1918 in Brooklyn NY. His occupation teacher, her’s Mill Operative.
10. Madeline Padden, b abt 1923 NH
11. Teresa Ann Padden, b. abt 1926 in Manchester NH; m. 28 June 1944 in Manchester NH to Arthur Edward Ball, son of Richard D. & Catherine (Bonner) Ball.  She was b abt 1920 in Manchester NH, a laborer, and she a telephone operator.
12. Margaret Padden, b. abt 1928 NH; she m. 5 July 1947 in Manchester NH to Perry Alanson Foster Jr., son of Perry A. & Josephine (Montplaisir) Foster.  He was b. abt 1925 in Manchester NH.  At the time of their marriage, he was a student and she was a switchboard operator.
13. Daughter (stillborn) Padden, b. and d. 11 Jan 1929 in Manchester NH

Anthony Joseph Padden, son of Edward & Barbara (Conway) Padden b. 28 June 1886 in Ireland; m. 28 Sep 1915 in Manchester NH to Mary Mcandrew, dau of Patrick & Catherine (Conway) Mcandrew.  She b. abt 1891-1895 in Ireland
1940 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Anthony Padden M 53 Ireland stationary fireman, box mfg co
Mary Padden F 49 Ireland
John Padden M 23 NH son  shoe worker, shoe industry
Edward A. Padden M 22 NH son laborer construction
Martin Padden M 21 NH son shoeworker, shoe industry
Catherine Padden F 16 NH dau
Mary Padden F 14 NH dau
Thomas Padden M 12 NH son
The road rose to meet Thomas Anthony Padden, 81, of Merrimack St., Manchester, on Friday, March 13, 2009 after a period of declining health. He was in the company of loving and devoted family members at the time of his death. Born in Manchester on July 1, 1927, Tom was the son of Anthony and Mary McAndrew Padden, Irish immigrants from County Mayo. His older brothers John, Martin and Edward (“Arby”), all of Manchester, predeceased him. His sisters Cathleen and Mary survive him and live in Rye. Tom was a graduate of St. Joseph High School for Boys and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Henry J. Sweeney Post #2. Thomas worked for the Manchester Fire Department for 34 years, retiring in 1989 as a District Chief. A loyal union man his entire working life, he remained a member of Manchester Professional Firefighters Association Local 856 until the day he retired and was an active member of the Manchester Retired Firefighters Association. Tom loved sports of all kinds. He spent many hours with his children and grandchildren attending Red Sox and Fisher Cats games. He also enjoyed playing golf and attending Manchester Monarch games and games of Manchester Wolves, the local Arena Football team. Tom also loved gardening. He was a prodigious producer of tomatoes, and happily shared the wealth of his harvest with the rest of his family and neighbors. He also grew peppers and other vegetables in the little garden plot hidden in the backyard of his Merrimack Street home. Most of all, Tom loved being Irish and was proud of his Irish heritage. A devout Catholic and member of St. Anne’s Church from the date of his birth. He faithfully kept the holy days of obligation and the season of Lent, save for the occasional special dispensation for corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. His home was decorated with Shamrocks and filled with Irish music the whole year round, bringing a smile to his face and to that of every visitor. His fire helmet carried a shamrock on its side. He was a financial supporter of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tom is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie (Collins) Padden, his son Michael of the Bronx and Mike’s wife Jan Rostal and their children Tommy and Liam, his daughter Myla Padden and her husband Don Feith of Concord, his son Jim of Manchester, his sisters Mary (Padden) Healy and Cathleen “Cay” Padden and many nieces and nephews. There will be no visiting hours. A funeral mass will be held at St. Anne-St. Augustine Church, Beech Street, Manchester, on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Tom loved life. In keeping with his joyous personality, following the funeral service, family and friends are invited to a celebration of Tom’s life at the Puritan Conference Center, Suite A, Daniel Webster Highway, Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Home Health & Hospice Care, 593 Maple Street, Manchester, or a charity of one’s choice. The McHugh Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cathleen Barbara Padden died peacefully at Webster at Rye, May 23, 2011, after a period of declining health. She was born to Anthony and Mary (McAndrew) Padden. She attended local schools and graduated from Manchester Central High School in 1943. She was a resident of Manchester for most of her life, moving to Rye in 2005. She was employed by New England Telephone Company for many years and was a member of the Pioneer Association. She retired in 1986. Her favorite pastime was cooking, shopping, reading and spending valuable time with her nieces and nephews. IN HER LIFETIME: She was predeceased by 4 brothers; John in 2005, Edward (Arby) in 1996, Martin in 1985 and Thomas in 2009. Members of her family include her sister, Mary Padden Healy of Rye, her sisters-in-law, Marjorie Collins Padden, Alice Jamroskie Padden of Manchester, her nephews, Michael Padden and his wife Jan on Bronx, NY, James Padden of Manchester, nieces, Myla Padden and her husband Donald Feith of Concord, Cathylee Healy and her husband Larry Lee of Princeton, NJ., Maura Healy and her husband Ken Thomson of Lewisville, TX, Patricia Healy and her husband, Dr. Richard Beauchesne of Camden, ME., Shauna Healy and her husband, Thomas Swist of Rye, NH and Jennifer Healy of Cape Elizabeth, ME., 2 grandnieces and 5 grandnephews. There are no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Ann-St. Augustin Church, corner of Beech and Spruce Streets. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.
Children of Anthony & Mary (Mcandrew) Padden:
1. John F. Padden, b 3 July 1916 NH, d. 17 June 2005 Manchester NH. Veteran of US Navy in WW II, buried St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford NH.
2. Edward Arby Padden, b. abt 1916 NH, d. 1996
3. Martin Padden, b. 8 Jan 1919 Manchester NH; d. Dec 1985 in Manchester NH; m. Alice Jamrogiewicz, dau of Adam and Rosilia (Petrowska) Jamrogiewicz. She was b. 4 June 1918 and d. 22 Aug 2012 in Manchester NH, age 94.  In 1959 the city directory shows Alice as a waitress at the Shamrock Cafe in Manchester (she and her husband owned and ran the cafe for many years).
4. Catherine Barbara “Cathleen” “Cay” Padden, b. abt 1924 NH; d. 23 May 2011 in Rye, NH.
5. Mary Padden, b. abt 1926 NH; m. J. Richard Healy, son of John J. & Mary (Kelley) Healy, b. in Manchester NH and d. 2 May 2004 in Rye NH, age 76. They had 5 daughters.
6. Thomas A. Padden, b. 1 July 1927 in Manchester NH, d. 13 March 2009 in Manchester NH; he m. Marjorie Collins. [see obituary above]

=====Third Generation=====

Richard Francis Padden, son of Michael & Bridget (Dolan) Padden, was b. abt 1913 Manchester NH; He m. 11 Nov 1939 in Manchester NH to Mary Aquinas McSweeney, dau of Eugene & Mary (Campbell) McSweeney.  She b abt 1915 in Manchester NH. His occupation Bookkeeper, her occupation, Telephone operator.
Richard F. Padden – Manchester, NH Age 63 of Londonderry, died Wednesday February 22nd at Elliot Hospital in Manchester following a lengthy illness. He was born on June 29, 1942 in Manchester, the son of Richard F. and Mary A. McSweeney. He had retired from the City of Manchester. He had also worked at Academy Fruit Store in Manchester for 33 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, June Padden of Londonderry. Son Anthony Padden of Maine, Daughter Deborah Hamel of Manchester. 3 Brothers; Kevin Padden Sr. and Joseph Padden, both of Manchester, and William Padden of Louisiana. 2 grandsons and several nieces and nephews also survive him. There are no calling hours or funeral services scheduled.
Children of Richard F. & Mary A. (McSweeney) Padden:
1. Richard F. Padden, b. 29 June 1942, d. 22 Feb 2006; m. June –. Children: Anthony Padden of Maine, Deborah, who m. — Hamel, res. Manchester NH.
2. Kevin M. Padden Sr.; m. Carmen J. Leclerc. Resides Manchester NH
3. Joseph E. Padden, res. Manchester
4. William Padden Sr., b. 1952; res. Louisiana

Thomas F. “Tom” Padden, son of Michael & Bridget (Dolan) Padden, was born 6 Oct 1908 in Manchester NH; d. 11 June 1973 in Manchester NH.  He married 13 Nov 1933 in Manchester NH by Rev. M.J. Casey a Catholic Priest, to Theresa/Teresa A. Farmer, dau of Thomas & Celia (Hastings) Farmer.  She was b. abt 1908 in Manchester NH, and died 23 Oct 2002 in Manchester NH.  On his marriage certificate he lists his occupation as “ball player” and she is a telephone operator. He is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery. In 1964 Thomas F. (Theresa) Padden are living at 496 Central Street, he is a salesman.
The Hartford Courant, Nov 14, 1933: Tom Padden Weds
Thomas Padden, Pittsburgh Pirates’ catcher, and Teresa Agens Farmer, both of Manchester, were married today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The couple left on a honeymoon which will include Boston, New York, and Washington.
Teresa A. (Farmer) Padden, of Manchester, New Hampshire, an operator with New England Telephone and Telegraph, died at a local health care facility on Wednesday, October 23, 2002, following a lengthy illness. Graveside services are scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2002, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Cemetery, 448 Donald Street, Bedford, New Hampshire. No calling hours are scheduled. Arrangements entrusted to McHugh Funeral Home, Inc., Manchester, New Hampshire.
Children of Thomas F. & Teresa A. (Farmer) Padden:
1. Thomas F. Padden Jr., 5 Nov 1936 in Manchester NH; d. 25 April 1982 in Los Angeles California.
2. Janice Ann Padden, b. 1937 in Manchester NH; resides Long Beach California since 1985.
3. Robert A. Padden, b. 31 Jul 1941 in Manchester NH, d. 28 Feb 2003 at Farmington Hill, Michigan

1. United States Census Records
2. Records
3. Various newspapers (see notations above)
4. Obituaries from various funeral home web sites (see notations above)
5. Photograph above, scanned JPG file from original owned by this article’s author.


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6 Responses to Manchester New Hampshire Major League Baseball Catcher: Thomas Francis Padden (1908-1973)

  1. Kevin M. Parnell says:

    I stumbled across this entry today, and could not believe what you have compiled. I am Kevin Michael Parnell, son of Mary Theresa Padden, the half-sister of Thomas Francis Padden. My middle name is after my maternal grandfather, Michael Joseph Padden. Thank you for this treasure trove of information! I shall share this with my siblings.

    • Jack Parkhurst says:

      Kevin, you and I are cousins as I am the son of Anna Agnes Padden Parkhurst half sister of Tom Padden. I am just completing a short book about Tom’s baseball career and would be glad to share it with you.

      Jack Parkhurst

      • Kevin Parnell says:

        Jack, Of course I fondly remember you and your family from our yearly visits to Baboosic Lake. I would love to read your book and share it with the rest of the family.
        Kevin M. Parnell

      • Kerry Parkhurst says:

        Hello Uncle Jack,
        This is Kerry Parkhurst, your niece. I lived this article; lots of ancestry food not know. Hope you’re well. 🙂

      • Michael Patrick Padden says:

        Mr. Parkhurst, Tom Padden was my Grandfather. I would love to read the book.

  2. David Parkhurst says:

    Hi everyone – I am John’s (Jack’s) son David Parkhurst. Would be happy to connect and share more about his book. Always fun to track Tom Padden and his baseball career. Thank you!

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