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Posted on November 13, 2019 at 1:27 PM by Jamesan Stuckey
Remembering Hugh Frank Radcliffe:
Hugh Radcliffe was born in Fort Valley, GA, November 27th, 1928. As one of the first ten inductees in the Thomaston-Upson Sports Hall of Fame, Radcliffe is well remembered for his recording holding game in which he pitched a staggering 28 strike-outs against the Poets of Macon’s Lanier High School. The day was April 19th, 1948. The monumental nine inning game, held at Silvertown Ballpark, led to a career with both the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees organizations which lasted until 1954.
So how was the “one in a million” feat of pitching 28 strike outs possible in a regular nine inning game? Typically, striking out every batter would have resulted in 27 total strikes, but this one extra was the result of the catcher dropping the ball. The Lanier runner was able to make it to first base before the ball was thrown there, and the pitch was still counted as a strike.
After his baseball career, Radcliffe worked for telephone companies and was also the Recreation Director for Cordele, GA in Crisp County.
The Hugh Frank Radcliffe Clubhouse was dedicated in the Historic Silvertown Ballpark on April 21, 2008.
As shown here, this incredible athlete was voted Most Athletic Boy in his senior year at R.E. Lee Institute, 1948.
(Lateral Files: Genealogy, Hugh Frank Radcliffe. Thomaston-Upson Archives)
Hugh Frank Radcliffe, R.E. Lee Institute, Rebel Annual. 1948.