Double Duty Classic
This summer, the Chicago White Sox will host the tenth annual Double Duty Classic, an event celebrating the history and tradition of Negro Leagues baseball in Chicago and showcasing the next generation of inner-city baseball players. Join us at Guaranteed Rate Field as inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participate in an All-Star game while dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues' East-West All-Star Games.
Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe was born on July 7, 1902, in Mobile, Alabama and played for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues. At the age of 41, Radcliffe earned MVP honors for his performance during the 1943 season with the American Giants. Nicknamed "Double Duty" because he would regularly pitch the first game of a doubleheader and catch the second game, Radcliffe was one of the most dynamic players in the Negro Leagues and all of baseball. Beginning in 2002, until the year of his death in Chicago in 2005, Radcliffe threw a ceremonial first pitch prior to a White Sox game each season.