Ted Radcliffe

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Baseball Player
Date of Birth July 7, 1902
Place of Birth Alabama
Date of Death Aug 11, 2005 (103)
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Theodore Roosevelt "Double Duty" Radcliffe was a professional baseball player in the Negro leagues. He is one of only a handful of professional baseball players who lived past their 100th birthdays. He played as a pitcher and a catcher, became a manager, and in his old age became a popular ambassador for the game. At his death he was thought to be the oldest living professional baseball player, but it was later discovered that Silas Simmons was born seven years earlier in 1895. Damon Runyon coined the nickname "Double Duty" because Radcliffe played as a catcher and as a pitcher in the successive games of a 1932 Negro League World Series doubleheader between the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Monroe Monarchs. In the first of the two games at Yankee Stadium, Radcliffe caught the pitcher Satchel Paige for a shutout and then pitched a shutout in the second game. Runyon wrote that Radcliffe "was worth the price of two admissions."

About Ted Radcliffe

Pro baseball player in the Negro Leagues who was thought to be the oldest living professional baseball player at the time of his death.

Before Fame

He played ragball with Satchel Paige and Bobby Robinson growing up.


Nicknamed Double Duty, he pitched three and caught three of the six East-West All-Star Games.

Family Life

His brother Alex Radcliffe was a Negro League ball player as well.


Damon Runyon coined his nickname Double Duty because he played as both a catcher and a pitcher.

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Latest information about Ted Radcliffe updated on October 30, 2020.

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