View Full Version : Dick "The Monster" Radatz has died
03-17-2005, 07:12 PM
For those old enough to remember him or for baseball trivia buffs like me,
Dick "The Monster" Radatz has died at the age of 63. He was a star
reliever for the Boston Red Sox in the 1960's. He faced Mickey Mantle
67 times and struck him out 54 times. He also holds the record for most
strikeouts by a reliever in one season, 181.
The piece of trivia I remember about him is that he served up the game
winning home run to Johnny Callison in the 1964 All-Star game at Shea
03-17-2005, 08:01 PM
I have been in shock all day since hearing about his death this morning on WEEI. Dick was very visable in the Boston area after retiring and could be heard often on WEEI. This was a man who had no use for pitch counts.
In the early 60's he was one of the few reasons to go to Fenway Park and he almost always got the job done. One batter, one inning, three batters, three innings, six innings it didn't matter. He just took the ball.
I had met him in social situations many times and always was amazed at just how massive a human being he was, but more important a fine gentile human being. He loved life and family.
One game I will never forget came in 1963 look at his line
Boston Red Sox IP H HR R ER BB K
Wood 6.1 7 0 3 3 1 2
Radatz W(6-1) 8.2 3 0 0 0 1 11
Totals 15.0 10 0 3 3 2
03-17-2005, 08:26 PM
Sad news. From the sound of it he was a REAL man. Today's players could take a lesson from his work.
Lip Man 1
03-18-2005, 12:58 AM
He gave comments on the first episode of When It Was A Game where they showed home movies of him pitching in Fenway Park.
He explained that in the 'off season,' he worked as a techer and as a mover and made more money in those jobs then he did playing MLB!
03-18-2005, 10:27 AM
RIP Dick, man, I'm feeling older with the yearly death notices of players from the late 50's - early 60's.
03-18-2005, 01:18 PM
This says it all about the Monster
Gabriel Schechter, an author-researcher at the Baseball Hall of Fame, recently recounted a 33-inning scoreless streak by Radatz in '63, which culminated with what Schechter rightfully describes as the two most scintillating outings of Radatz's career. Entering the ninth inning of a 2-2 tie in Baltimore, Radatz struck out the side to send the game into extra innings, then allowed just two hits as the Sox won in 14 innings. Of the 18 outs Radatz recorded in six innings, Schechter marvels, 10 were strikeouts, five foul pops, two sacrifices, and a caught stealing. Of the 20 batters he faced, only four hit the ball in play.
Two nights later in Detroit, Radatz entered in the seventh, gave up a tying single, then stayed in the game for 8 2/3 innings before the Sox won in the 15th. He set down the last dozen he faced, and struck out six of the last eight. The tally for two games: 14 2/3 scoreless innings, five hits, two walks, and 21 strikeouts.
"Eric Gagne puts up the same numbers," Schechter noted, referring to the Dodgers' elite closer, "in a month."
The games in question
03-19-2005, 01:57 PM
Some great Dick Radatz material on Friday's WEEI whiner line
03-19-2005, 09:53 PM
Although I never heard of him, I am sure he was good.
03-20-2005, 09:29 PM
Nasty sidearmer. Wicked stuff. Talked up a storm to the fans watching the visitors bullpen at ol' Sox park..........RIP and condolences to his family.
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