Double Duty Radcliffe

Birthdate 7/7/1902
Death Date 8/11/2005
Debut Year 1928
Year of Induction
Teams Negro Leagues
Positions Catcher, Manager, Pitcher

Negro League great Ted Radcliffe earned the nickname “Double Duty” by often pitching in the first game of a doubleheader and catching the next.

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Photo signed by Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe evading the tag of Josh Gibson

Ted Radcliffe was one of the most colorful players in Negro League Baseball history. Nicknamed “Double Duty” because he would pitch the first game of a double header and catch the second game, Radcliffe played from 1928 through 1950. Always quick to jump a team if more money was offered,

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Jackie Robinson inspired future MLB player Ed Charles

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Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” By that measurement, Robinson’s life may be the most important the game of baseball has ever known. Though it’s easy to see the cultural impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the individual stories sometimes get lost in the bigger picture. For former Major Leaguer Ed Charles, Robinson emergence was a turning point, not only for the United States, but perhaps more importantly, for an entire segment of its population. “The emergence of Mr. Jackie Robinson as the first black to play modern day organized baseball had a monumental impact upon my life, and I’m sure, the lives of other Americans as well,” Charles wrote in a letter 1984. An eight-year big league veteran, Charles was aware of Robinson at an early age. Charles believed that Robinson’s impact was felt by the nation and its individuals. “Jackie represented to me, given the social climate of the nation at that time, hope, courage, and a new faith in a system that had been grossly neglectful of providing equal participation for its minority citizens,” Charles wrote. “His presence stirred me, as well as others, to redirect our goals […]

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