Richard Raymond Radatz
(The Monster or Moose)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 235 lb.
- School Michigan State University
- High School Berkley High School
- Debut April 10, 1962
- Final Game August 15, 1969
- Born April 2, 1937 in Detroit, MI USA
- Died March 16, 2005 in Easton, MA USA
". . . he threw 95, 96 (mph), he had great location and he'd come right at you, get you 0 and 2 and just blow you away." - Bill Monbouquette about Dick Radatz
Dick Radatz was one of the ten best relievers according to The Relief Pitcher as a result of being the most dominant reliever of his era. He holds the major league record for strikeouts in a season by a reliever when he fanned 181 for the Boston Red Sox in 1964.
He hit his only career home run on June 5, 1965 as a member of the Boston Red Sox against the Kansas City Athletics. The home run gave the Red Sox the lead, 4-3. They went on to win the game, 5-3, and Radatz got the win.
- 2-time AL All-Star (1963 & 1964)
- 2-time AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1962 & 1964)
- AL Games Pitched Leader (1962)
- 2-time AL Saves Leader (1962 & 1964)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1963 & 1964)