The highly acclaimed book Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe is 277 pages of fun. Learn everything there is to know about one of the most versatile and colorful players in Negro League baseball history - voted one of the top 6 catchers and top 20 pitchers in Negro League history in a 1952 poll! The book even gives a step by step lesson on throwing his famous "emery ball!"
You'll learn about the man Damon Runyon nicknamed Double Duty after watching him catch Satchel Paige in the first game of a doubleheader, then pitch a shutout in the second.
"Duty" as he's known to his friends, played for 36 years, pitched and caught no-hitters, called homers, integrated professional leagues, managed, and even drove the team bus. His career lasted so long - 1919-1954 - that he played against Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander....and Willie Mays, Fidel Castro and Ernie Banks. He literally played with the sons of slaves and fathers of astronauts!
"I don't like to brag, but my career was fantastic!"
--Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe
Double Duty with my two favorite boys:
my son Ryne on the left;
my nephew Quinn on the right.
There are also several copies of the original softcover of
"Double Duty" Radcliffe
36 Years of Pitching & Catching in
Baseball's Negro Leagues
by Kyle P. McNary
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Duty's throwing hand or "meat hand" as catchers call it.
Every finger was broken by foul tips; Duty taped them up and kept playing. As a result, they all healed crooked.