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rocky biddle
08-11-2005, 12:47 PM
NEGRO LEAGUE STAR TED RADCLIFFE PASSES AWAY

CHICAGO - Theodore Roosevelt "Double Duty" Radcliffe, a former Negro League star thought to be the oldest professional baseball player, died today of complications from a long battle with cancer. He was 103.

DumpJerry
08-11-2005, 12:51 PM
Bummer.

He was the number one Play of Day on Sportscenter a month or so back when he threw out the first pitch at a Sox game. ESPN, of course, did not indentify the team that invited him to throw out the pitch.

Now he can play catch with his old buddies.

SaltyPretzel
08-11-2005, 12:59 PM
:(: http://espn.go.com/classic/obit/s/2005/0811/2131415.html

BigEdWalsh
08-11-2005, 01:01 PM
I'm very saddened to see this. My son and I were at a game a few years ago when he threw out the 1st pitch. Well, now the Sox have an angel watching over them.
R.I.P., Double Duty.

southsidesoxfan1
08-11-2005, 01:02 PM
I remember meeting him while smoking on the concourse near our seats a couple of years ago. What a guy, quite a jokester, and boy did he have a way with the ladies. Never met someone that old that was still a mack. RIP double duty.:gulp:

PAPChiSox729
08-11-2005, 01:02 PM
Bummer.

He was the number one Play of Day on Sportscenter a month or so back when he threw out the first pitch at a Sox game. ESPN, of course, did not indentify the team that invited him to throw out the pitch.

Now he can play catch with his old buddies.

I remember that game. I got to walk around the field before the game (it was for attending one of those Sox baseball camps) and I remember seeing Double Duty up close being interviewed my Correy McPherrin. It was actually a very special moment for me. I had never really heard much about him but I just had the utmost respect for him at that moment. We have really lost a great star.

Risk
08-11-2005, 01:03 PM
RIP Double Duty

Risk

VeeckAsInWreck
08-11-2005, 01:17 PM
I sat close to him for the 2000 home opener, although I knew who he was, I didn't want to go over and bother him. And as a previous poster said, he did have a way with the ladies. They would all stop by him and give him a hug and a kiss on the head.


Still though, may he rest in peace, and watch above us as the Sox win it all.

SaltyPretzel
08-11-2005, 01:21 PM
I said "hi" to him a shook his hand a few years back. He had the most busted up hands I've ever seen. He seemed like a really nice guy.

ZachAL
08-11-2005, 01:21 PM
This is too bad, Double Duty was someone special to the Sox and I was looking forward to seeing him at the park rooting the white sox into october. i'm sure he'll still be watching and rooting from somewhere else though, rip.

Steelrod
08-11-2005, 01:27 PM
Was he special. 103 ! Wow
He was driving to games until a year or two ago.

jackbrohamer
08-11-2005, 01:34 PM
Amazing, Damon Runyon gave him his nickname and he caught Satchel Paige.

JohnBasedowYoda
08-11-2005, 01:36 PM
most amazing is he was alive to see the 1917 series! i can't imagine living to that age

sox_fan_forever
08-11-2005, 01:38 PM
RIP!

I was at the game this year when he threw out the first pitch.

tacosalbarojas
08-11-2005, 01:57 PM
most amazing is he was alive to see the 1917 series! i can't imagine living to that ageSadder even that Comiskey and his ilk refused to use him. We sure could have used him when his career in the NL took off, which was not that long after our team was decimated in 1920. RIP Duty and mack to the ladies for us on the other side!

Fake Chet Lemon
08-11-2005, 01:57 PM
Now he rightfully gets the opportunity to play against the best on that field of dreams up there. I'm sure he'll fare pretty well against them.

BigEdWalsh
08-11-2005, 02:00 PM
http://www.thelivingcentury.com/images/centenarians/duty/dutyold1.jpg

Nice picture of Double Duty from Negro League days.

ChiSox14305635
08-11-2005, 02:14 PM
:(:


R.I.P. Double Duty.

Pitching the 1st game of a DH (with a shutout no less) & catching the 2nd game; that's good stuff. :bandance:

Whitesox4ever
08-11-2005, 02:33 PM
CHICAGO -- Former Negro Leagues star Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, died Thursday. He was 103.

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 (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=cha) said.

Radcliffe was frequently in the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field and occasionally visited the White Sox clubhouse. He made it a tradition in recent years to throw out the first ball on his July 7 birthday.

Two weeks ago, he was scheduled to travel to Alabama for a ceremony at 95-year-old Rickwood Field, where he played for the Birmingham Black Barons in the mid-1940s, but fell ill and was hospitalized in Chicago.

"Double Duty shared such a love for baseball and a passion for life," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf. "We all loved to see him at the ballpark, listen to his stories and share in his laughter. He leaves such a great legacy after experiencing so much history and change during his long life. He will be missed by all of us with the White Sox."

In May, Radcliffe was among 14 Negro Leagues players honored in a pregame ceremony at RFK Stadium before the Cubs played Washington. Sitting in a golf cart behind the plate, Radcliffe made the ceremonial first pitch by handing the ball to Nationals coach Don Buford.

Radcliffe noted that the game had changed since he retired in the 1950s.

"It ain't like it used to be. There used to be some good pitchers. There aren't ballplayers like there used to be. It's a shame," he said.

A six-time All-Star -- fittingly, three times as a pitcher and three times as a catcher -- Radcliffe outlived his contemporaries in the Negro Leagues and players from his era in the majors. Strict records on the minor leagues from those days are not kept, but there are no players known to have been older than Radcliffe.

As he approached his 100th birthday, Radcliffe was living in a retirement center about a half-mile from Comiskey Park. His apartment was filled with bats, gloves, plaques and posters, and his easy chair sat next to a window facing a sandlot.

Radcliffe was raised in Mobile, Ala., and went on to play for more than 15 teams in the Negro Leagues from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. His brother, Alex, also played in the league.

Radcliffe roomed with Jackie Robinson with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1945, two years before Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in the majors, and also managed in the Negro Leagues.

At age 96, Radcliffe returned to the field, throwing one pitch for the Schaumburg Flyers in an independent Northern League game.

GoGoOzzie
08-11-2005, 02:39 PM
Oh man...you're gonna get ripped to shreds.

JB98
08-11-2005, 02:39 PM
Sad news. I was hoping Double Duty would live long enough to see the Sox in the playoffs this year. My birthday is also July 7. I always go to the Sox game on my birthday, and it was like part of the tradition to see him throw out the first pitch on that day.

na_na_na_na
08-11-2005, 02:48 PM
Very sad news. He was a chicago favorite and will be missed.

cubhater
08-11-2005, 02:57 PM
RIP Double Duty. I met you one time at The Cell, loved talking baseball with you, and admired how you could still flirt with the ladies. Baseball heaven just added another all-star to its lineup.

TornLabrum
08-11-2005, 04:40 PM
This is sad news. I saw a 100-year-old Radcliffe at a Pitch & Hit dinner. He spent a great deal of time telling about the romantic benefits of being a ball player back in his Negro League days. He was quite a raconteur.

Hangar18
08-11-2005, 04:45 PM
This really wouldve been something if he couldve seen and thrown out a 1st pitch at a SOX playoff game. RIP Mr. Radcliffe.
He was at the ballgame very recently, I saw him pregame, think it was against
Toronto.

JohnBasedowYoda
08-11-2005, 05:38 PM
a thread already exists on this

Stroker Ace
08-11-2005, 07:48 PM
RIP. It's amazing seeing what he has done in his career.

Chips
08-11-2005, 07:55 PM
most amazing is he was alive to see the 1917 series! i can't imagine living to that age

Lets not forgot the 1906 Clobbering of the Scrubs.

Viva Medias B's
08-11-2005, 09:53 PM
I saw Double Duty at a game just a couple of weeks ago. He was in his usual spot behind home plate on the main concourse.

"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him."

gobears1987
08-11-2005, 10:14 PM
RIP. I remember some years ago when he threw out the first pitch on I think was his 98th B-day. He will be sorely missed.

Beauty35thStreet
08-11-2005, 10:45 PM
What a year it's been---a lot of emotions: Frank and Mag's injuries, Mag's takeoff, The huge team makeover, Frank being a champ at Congressional hearings, Sox doing surprisingly well (I knew they were good) but I didn't think they'd be a .667 team), the very very unfortunate second fracture to Frank, and now losing a great supporter.

I went to that game he threw the first pitch. The guy's wonderful, he was easy to talk to and very nice.

I have no doubts he's playing baseball as we speak.

SOX LA Mikey
08-12-2005, 02:34 AM
What a shame, Double Duty Radcliffe was a hell of a guy
and quite a ladies man ...even at the century mark.


I read about his passing on the Tribune web page,
funny that they fail to mention his most recent associations
with the White Sox family. but throw in a couple quotes from
DD about playing in Wrigley against the '45! Cubs. LAME

cubhater
08-12-2005, 04:57 PM
FYI, visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 17th, at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave., followed by 11 a.m. services.

I just called the church and both the visitation and services are open to the public if anyone's interested in attending.

maurice
08-12-2005, 05:21 PM
RIP.

funny that they fail to mention his most recent associations with the White Sox family. but throw in a couple quotes from
DD about playing in Wrigley against the '45! Cubs.

It's a shame he never played in Old Comiskey Park.
:rolleyes:

:giantsnail

TornLabrum
08-12-2005, 05:52 PM
RIP.



It's a shame he never played in Old Comiskey Park.
:rolleyes:

:giantsnail

I imagine he did since he played for the American Giants (who played in Comiskey after they tore down the old South Side Grounds to build Wentworth Gardens), and if not then, at least in some of the Negro League All-Star Games which were always played at Comiskey.

jackbrohamer
08-14-2005, 12:53 PM
I imagine he did since he played for the American Giants (who played in Comiskey after they tore down the old South Side Grounds to build Wentworth Gardens), and if not then, at least in some of the Negro League All-Star Games which were always played at Comiskey.

A picture in Saturday's Cubune showed him playing in old Comiskey.

Wsoxmike59
08-15-2005, 07:38 AM
I found a couple of nice pictures of Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe at Getty Images.

http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51033357&cdi=0


http://editorial.gettyimages.com/source/search/details_pop.aspx?iid=51834347&cdi=0

viagracat
08-15-2005, 09:28 PM
He used to hang out at the old Gladys' Luncheonette on the South Side and I met him there once; in 2001 I think. Seemed like a real nice guy. He was selling autographed pictures of himself from back in the day and everyone seemed to know him. God, I hope I look half that good when I'm 73.:smile:

russ99
08-16-2005, 10:15 AM
There was a really nice tribute to "Double-Duty" before the game last night with announcer comments, and photos and video on the big board, then a moment of silence. Kudos to the Sox for showing respect to such a great player.

tacosalbarojas
08-16-2005, 11:42 AM
A picture in Saturday's Cubune showed him playing in old Comiskey.As did the video tribute at last night's game. The video tribute, by the way, was outstanding. Great footage of Duty in uniform in the old park and in the stands over the past few years. We could have used him and his "thou shalt not steal" chest protector last night.