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Dick Radatz

Richard Raymond "Dick" Radatz (April 2, 1937March 16 2005), nicknamed "The Monster" or "Moose", was a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1962–66), Cleveland Indians (1966–67), Chicago Cubs (1967), Detroit Tigers (1969) and Montreal Expos (1969).

Radatz led the American League in saves (24), games (62) and relief wins (9) in 1962, his rookie season with the Red Sox and was named Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News.

In 1963 Radatz saved 25 games and went 15–6 with a 1.97 ERA. The same season he was selected to the All-Star Game, and impressed with strikeouts of Willie Mays, Dick Groat, Duke Snider, Willie McCovey and Julián Javier in the two innings he pitched.

Radatz received his second Fireman of the Year award in 1964 for his league lead 29 saves with 16 wins and a 2.29 ERA in 79 games. Again, he was selected an All-Star. Beside his accomplishments he fanned 181 batters, setting a record that still stands for most strikeouts by a relief pitcher in a single season.

In 1965 Radatz went 9–11 with 24 saves and a high 3.91 ERA. He was diagnosed with injuries in his arm and shoulder which required season-ending surgery. He never recovered his form and was traded to the Indians at the 1966 mid-season and was sent to the Cubs the following year. Out in the 1968 season, he finished his career with the Tigers and Expos in 1969.

Overall with Boston, Radatz saved 104 games (second to Bob Stanley for all-time Red Sox) with a 49–34 record and 646 strikeouts in 576.1 innings pitched. With the other four teams he went 6–20 with 26 saves in 117.2 innings.

Dick Radatz was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. He died in March 2005 after falling down a flight of stairs at his home in Easton, Massachusetts.

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