Given Name: Raymond Allen
OF-1B 1934-43 White Sox , Browns, Tigers
Radcliff didn't reach the majors until age 28. He reported to the White Sox in 1934,
having had a Triple Crown season with Selma (Southeastern League) in 1930. In his
second full ML season, 1936, he was voted to the All-Star team on the strength of
his hitting. However, he stood out with his glove that game, making a dramatic catch
on a deep fly hit by Joe Medwick. The next day, July 8, he went 6-for-7. Radcliff
batted .335 that season. After a trade to the Browns, he tied for the AL lead with
200 hits in 1940, finishing at .342, fourth in the league. In his last ML year, 1943,
he led the league with 44 appearances as a Tiger pinch hitter.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» July 18, 1936: The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia A's set an American League record for most runs scored by two teams, as the White Sox win 21–14 in the nitecap. Chicago OF Rip Radcliff ties an AL record with six hits (4 singles and two doubles) in seven at bats in the 9-inning game. The Sox also won the opener, 7–4.
» May 23, 1940: In front of just 793 paid customers in St. Louis, the Browns trip the Senators, 8–7, in 12 innings. Jimmy Bloodworth's 2-run home run gives the Nats the lead in the top of the 12th, but the George McQuinn's 2nd homer of the day, a single, and a triple by Rip Radcliff, who scores on a sac fly gives St. Louis the win over Sid Hudson.
» June 21, 1940: Washington rookie Sid Hudson takes a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but the Browns Rip Radcliff hits a pop fly double down the RF line with no outs. A passed ball puts him on 3rd, but Hudson retires three for a 1–0 win. He'll beat the A's on a one-hit shutout in August.
» May 15, 1941:
Rip Radcliff, one of the top American League batters in 1940 for the Browns, is waived to the Tigers as a result of a sudden batting decline.