I was saddened to learn about the death of one of my all time favorite characters in baseball history - Negro League star Double Duty Radcliffe. He received his nickname because he often would pitch one game of a doubleheader and catch the second. Apparently, he even had a saying on his chest protector that stated "Thou Shalt Not Steal."
He remained a huge White Sox fan and lived near Comiskey Park. Every year on his birthday, he threw out the first pitch at Comiskey. In May, he attended a game at RFK. He was wheeled out near the pitcher's mound and dropped the first pitch into Don Buford's glove. At the age of 96, he threw a pitch during a game in the independent Northern League.
Harold Baines and Double Duty on Radcliffe's 100th birthday in 2002.
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