August 21, 2004

Saturday, August 21, 2004
Photos and Article by Bert Orlitzky / webmaster

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE -- The Wilmington Blue Rocks honored Ted “Double-Duty” Radcliffe, a 102-year-old former Negro Leaguer, for the ninth annual "Judy Johnson Night: A Tribute To Negro League Baseball."

At 102, Double-Duty is the oldest living Negro League ballplayer. He tossed out the first pitch of the Blue Rocks game.  The Blue Rocks wore the retro KC Monarchs uniforms for the game.

Double-Duty also helped unveil a replica of Judy Johnson’s National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque. The plaque, donated by Johnson's daughter, is a small copy of the one hanging in the baseball Hall. It will be added to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame at Frawley Stadium.

"We wanted to wait for a special event to unveil this. It was probably one of Judy's most prized possessions," said Joe Mitchell, president and founder of the Judy Johnson Memorial Foundation, which sponsors the annual event.

During the pregame ceremonies, Delaware Lt. Governor John Carney presented each honree with a Delaware Proclamation honoring the event.

Other Negro League honorees included:

Stanley Glenn, Mahlon Duckett, Wilmer Harris, Bill Cash, Harold Gould, Joe B. Scott, Hubert Simmons, Geraldine Day (widow of HOF’r Leon Day), Sean Gibson (great grandson of Josh Gibson), and Marjorie Ash-Ferrell (widow of Toots Ferrell).

Click on the thumbnail images for larger photos from the event:

Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe

Joe Mitchell and Double Duty in the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame

Lt. Gov. John Carney with proclamation Radcliffe and the other honorees

Double Duty and the other Negro League honorees

Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe throws out the first pitch

The Wilmington Blue Rocks gather round Double Duty in their KC Monarchs uniforms

Former N.Y. Black Yankee, Joe B. Scott

Former Phila Star, Wilmer Harris

Former Phila Star, Stanley Glenn

Geraldine Day, wife of Hall of Famer, Leon Day

Harold Gould chats with a fan.

Pregame gathering

Pregame gathering

Pregame gathering

Mahlon Duckett (r) with Bert O. ( web guy)

Wilmer Harris, Joe Scott, Bert Simmons

Honorees on the field

Honorees on the field

Additional media coverage by the Delaware News Journal can be read here.