'Double Duty' Radcliffe Dies at 103
Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe died today. He was thought to be the oldest living professional ballplayer, at 103 years old. “Double Duty” came from his prowess as both a pitcher and a catcher.
Radcliffe, given his singular nickname by sports writer Damon Runyon after catching Satchel Paige in the first game of a doubleheader in the 1932 Negro League World Series and pitching a shutout in the second game, died from complications after a long bout with cancer, the Chicago White Sox said.
This serves as a reminder to me that I need to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum someday soon. And a new thing to add to my list, Rickwood Field, the oldest professional baseball stadium and home of the Rickwood Classic.
I mean, check out those lights:
Hmmm…a road trip through Chicago, down to St. Louis, then Birmingham, and maybe back up and across through Memphis over to Kansas City. Sounds like a plan.