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May 26, 2003|Larry Stewart

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What: "The Living Century: Ted 'Double Duty' Radcliffe"

Where: Channel 58, tonight, 8; Channel 28, June 15, 6:30 p.m.

Negro League star Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe is featured in this edition of the award-winning PBS biography series, which profiles centenarians.

Born in Mobile, Ala., Radcliffe, who turned 100 July 7, played professional baseball for 36 years, 1919 to 1954. He played for 47 teams and managed 11. He had 4,030 hits and 430 homers as a hitter and 502 wins as a pitcher. He was featured in Sports Illustrated last year.

His nickname came from New York sportswriter Damon Runyon after Runyon watched Radcliffe play in both ends of a Negro League doubleheader in 1932. The Pittsburgh Crawfords, Radcliffe's team, were playing the Chicago American Giants at Yankee Stadium. In the first game Radcliffe caught Satchel Paige and the Crawfords won. In the second game, Radcliffe pitched a shutout.

Runyon wrote that "It was worth the price of two admissions to see 'Double Duty' Radcliffe play."

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