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Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe

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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Favorite Quote:
I like women.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1902
Birth Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish, Ham
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Favorite Quote:
I like women.

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1902
Birth Location:
Mobile
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Biography

Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, one of Negro League Baseball's most popular players, was born on July 7, 1902, in Mobile, Alabama. He hails from the same community as fellow Negro League players Leroy "Satchel" Paige and Bobby "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" Robinson, all of whom grew up playing ball together. Because of the limited educational and economic opportunities available to African Americans at the time, baseball became a means for Radcliffe and his brother, Alex, a top Negro League third baseman, to leave Mobile and the segregated South.

Radcliffe excelled at both pitching and catching. He pitched in five and caught in nine all-star games. He was nicknamed "Double Duty" by Damon Runyon, who saw Radcliffe play in a 1932 Negro League World Series double header. Radcliffe caught for legendary pitcher Leroy "Satchel" Paige in a victorious first game and then pitched a shutout in the second.

The Negro League Baseball player began playing professional baseball in 1928 with the Detroit Stars. Over the course of his career, Radcliffe played with over fifteen Negro League teams, including three of Negro League Baseball's greatest teams: the 1930 St. Louis Stars, 1931 Homestead Grays, and 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords.

In addition to pitching and catching, Radcliffe began managing teams in the late 1930s. He managed the Memphis Red Sox in 1937 and 1938 and took charge of the Chicago American Giants in 1943.

Radcliffe was the oldest living Negro League player in the United States at the time of his death on August 11, 2005, in Chicago.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ted Radcliffe interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ted Radcliffe's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ted Radcliffe talks briefly about George Ectin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ted Radcliffe recalls his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ted Radcliffe discusses the origin of his nickname, 'Double Duty'
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ted Radcliffe recalls his earliest memory as a child and his first job in baseball
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ted Radcliffe talks about learning baseball and growing up with Satchel Paige
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ted Radcliffe details his move from Mobile, Alabama to Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ted Radcliffe talks about the job he held as a young man
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ted Radcliffe recalls his early baseball career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ted Radcliffe talks about his wife Alberta
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ted Radcliffe talks about his barnstorming days playing baseball around the U.S. and Canada
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Ted Radcliffe recalls players from the Negro Baseball Leagues who played with him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ted Radcliffe remembers memorable baseball games in which he played
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ted Radcliffe talks about his favorite games
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ted Radcliffe recalls playing baseball against Ty Cobb
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ted Radcliffe talks about his baseball pitching skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ted Radcliffe recalls his career in the 1920s and his brief encounter with Babe Ruth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ted Radcliffe details his baseball salary in the 1930s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ted Radcliffe talks about his return from Cuba to play baseball and details his broken hands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ted Radcliffe talks briefly about his managing career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ted Radcliffe talks about financial disappointments during his baseball career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ted Radcliffe discusses his baseball career in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ted Radcliffe discusses his relationship with Jackie Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ted Radcliffe talks about the salaries of Negro league players integrating major league baseball in the 1940s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Ted Radcliffe recalls the demise of the Negro Baseball Leagues and talks about Ernie Banks
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ted Radcliffe talks about women and skin color
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ted Radcliffe gives his opinion on several baseball players
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ted Radcliffe talks about Hank Aaron and his own baseball philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ted Radcliffe talks about love of the game and discusses today's baseball salaries
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ted Radcliffe recalls what he's most proud of in his baseball career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ted Radcliffe lists all the the U.S. Presidents he has met
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ted Radcliffe discusses his legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ted Radcliffe recalls his parents' pride in his success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ted Radcliffe talks about what it means to be black
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ted Radcliffe displays how he holds a baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Photo - Publicity photo of Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe in his Birmingham Black Barons uniform, Birmingham, Alabama, 1941
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Photo - Detail from publicity photo of Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe in his Birmingham Black Barons uniform, Birmingham, Alabama, 1941
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Photo - Detail from publicity photo of Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe as player-manager of the Memphis Red Sox, 1937
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Photo - Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe tagging out Josh Gibson in a Negro League East-West All-Star game at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1941
  • Tape: 3 Story: 15 - Photo - Julieanna Richardson, Founder and Director of the HistoryMakers and Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe after his interview, 2001