Donald Russell Rader
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 164 lb.
- School University of Oregon
- Debut July 25, 1913
- Final Game October 1, 1921
- Born September 5, 1893 in Wolcott, IN USA
- Died June 26, 1983 in Walla Walla, WA USA
Don Rader was close to being the first major leaguer from the University of Oregon. Byron Houck and Curt Coleman had broken in the previous year. Rader, who was at Oregon in 1912-1913, came to the majors as a 19-year-old in 1913 and hit .333 in 4 games with the Chicago White Sox.
A mention in the Morning Oregonian (Jan. 24, 1914) stated that Rader wasn't happy with the contract sent him by the White Sox, and was seriously thinking of signing with the new Federal League. He ended up playing most of the 1914 season with the Venice Tigers and the Helena Senators.
He didn't come back to the majors until age 27, eight years after his debut, when it was the lively ball era, when he hit .281 in 9 games.
He is mentioned in The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour, regarding a game in Oregon when he filled in for Germany Schaefer.