Wednesday, May 23, 2012

May 23

1938 Goudey #285 - Rip Radcliff

On this day in 1962, outfielder and first baseman Rip Radcliff died.

Rip played for the White Sox from 1934 until 1939, which was his first taste of the majors. It also turned out to be his longest tenure with a team. Radcliff was mainly known for his contact. He struck out once every twenty-nine at-bats on average during his MLB career, which was good enough for a .310 average while with the South Siders.

His best season with the Sox was 1934. Radcliff hit .335 with 207 hits and 82 RBI. The 207 hits and 82 RBI were career highs. Rip was also named to the American League All-Star team in 1936. He finished his career in 1943, after stops with the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers.

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