If you watched any part of Game 7 in the 2014 World Series you may have met “Mad Bum” as he destroyed the Kansas City Royals (on two days rest) and was crowned the series MVP.
What you didn’t learn then– Madison Bumgarner is from a tiny town in North Carolina, called Hickory — nicknamed more than a century ago as “Bumtown”.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports, wrote a fascinating article back in October about Madison Bumgarner and “Bumtown” quoting the local newspaper the Hickory Daily Record:
“Bumtown” so named almost a century ago for all the Bumgarners living on both sides of Deal Mill Road – is actually a mile northeast of Sawmills, four miles southeast of Hudson, three miles northeast of Granite Falls, three miles west of Oak Hill, nine miles south of Lenoir, four miles northwest of Dudley Shoals and 10 miles northwest of Hickory.
“Mad Bum” who once gave his girlfriend a cow as a gift, married her in 2010 wearing jeans during a small private ceremony near his home. He is of the Christian faith and has been quoted numerous times expressing the importance of his beliefs.
His baseball career began in Hudson, North Carolina where he attended South Caldwell High School. In 2007, he lead his team to win the 4A State Championship. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (tenth overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft.
In his first year playing professionally (2008), he won the South Atlantic League pitching triple crown. Bumgarner made his debut with the Giants in 2009, but became noticed in 2010, when he became the youngest left-handed pitcher to throw eight scoreless innings in a World Series as the Giants won the 2010 WS Championship, their first since 1954 and the first of three World Series victories in Bumgarner’s career.
The 2014 World Series, however, stands out from the rest as he proved his dominance.
Tim Hudson started Game 7 for San Francisco, but barely made it out of the second inning until being replaced by relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt.
The fate of the series, however, ended up back in the hands of Bumgarner (on two days rest) as he retired 14 batters in a row, won his third World Series as a Giant, and was crowned the 2014 World Series MVP.
An amazing end to the 2014 season, for an amazing individual from “Bumtown” — with an incredible story.