Whirty: Ratcliff becomes Radcliffe: Double Duty’s roots

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on June 29, 2015:

So I’m working on an article for Lagniappe magazine in Mobile, Ala., about the great Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, who’s a native on that city. Unfortunately, despite his famed multi-tooled talents and his extremely colorful character, Double Duty has always been overshadowed by that other famous Negro Leagues product of Mobile, Satchel Paige.

My article aims to help change that … I’m not sure if I’d call it an injustice, but it’s definitely something that needs to be rectified, because Ted Radcliffe deserves recognition not only for his accomplishments, but for his longevity in both the game and in life, and for the vast wealth of information he supplied to our collective knowledge of Negro Leagues history.

The piece on which I’m working will not only examine Double Duty’s Negro Leagues legacy, but also his impact on the city of Mobile and its culture as well as his own roots and youth in the city on the bay. (I started my research with a wonderful interview he did with The History Makers, some of the highlights of which I included in this previous blog post.)

Read the full article here: https://homeplatedontmove.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/ratcliff-becomes-radcliffe-double-dutys-roots/

Originally published: July 2, 2015. Last Updated: July 2, 2015.