Dick Radatz Stats

Dick Radatz was born on Friday, April 2, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. Radatz was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1962, with the Boston Red Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Dick Radatz baseball stats page.

"He ( Jack Hiatt ) stood there lookin' at it (a home run) and, boy, I was hot. I came off the mound and was yellin' at him, 'Keep lookin' ... go ahead, keep lookin' ... just keep lookin'.' First pitch (next time up), I nail him right in the neck and down he goes. I came off the mound and yelled at him, 'There you go! Stay down there and take a look at that one!' " - Dick Radatz in Baseball Digest (September 1996)
Dick Radatz

Dick 'The Monster' Radatz Autograph on a 1966 Topps (#475 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1966top01' title='1966 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Dick 'The Monster' Radatz Autograph on a 1966 Topps (#475 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Richard Raymond Radatz
Nickname:
Dick - Moose - The Monster
Born On:
04-02-1937  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Detroit, Michigan
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-16-2005 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Easton, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan
High School:
Berkley High School (Berkley, MI)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-05
Player Weight Chart Weight:
235
First Game:
04-10-1962 (Age 25)
Last Game:
08-15-1969
Draft:
Not Applicable
Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1962 25 Red Sox 62 0 53 9 6 .600 2.24 0 0 24 124.2 506 95 31 32 9 40 2 144 4 4 0 -
1963 26 Red Sox 66 0 58 15 6 .714 1.97 0 0 25 132.1 541 94 29 31 9 51 13 162 5 5 0 -
1964 27 Red Sox 79 0 67 16 9 .640 2.29 0 0 29 157.0 635 103 40 44 13 58 9 181 1 7 0 -
1965 28 Red Sox 63 0 56 9 11 .450 3.91 0 0 22 124.1 526 104 54 57 11 53 11 121 1 5 1 -
1966 29 Red Sox 16 0 10 0 2 .000 4.74 0 0 4 19.0 92 24 10 10 3 11 2 19 0 0 0 -
1966 29 Indians 39 0 25 0 3 .000 4.61 0 0 10 56.2 253 49 29 33 6 34 6 49 5 3 0 -
1967 30 Indians 3 0 2 0 0 .000 6.00 0 0 0 3.0 16 5 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 -
1967 30 Cubs 20 0 9 1 0 1.000 6.56 0 0 5 23.1 111 12 17 21 4 24 2 18 9 5 0 -
1969 32 Tigers 11 0 4 2 2 .500 3.37 0 0 0 18.2 74 14 7 8 3 5 0 18 0 0 0 -
1969 32 Expos 22 0 13 0 4 .000 5.71 0 0 3 34.2 152 32 22 22 6 18 1 32 0 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
7 Years 381 0 297 52 43 .547 3.13 0 0 122 693.2 2,906 532 241 260 65 296 46 745 25 30 1 -
Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1962 25 Red Sox 62 31 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 19 2 0 0 1 .097 .125 .097
1963 26 Red Sox 66 29 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 16 2 0 0 0 .069 .100 .103
1964 27 Red Sox 79 37 2 6 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 19 2 0 1 0 .162 .184 .189
1965 28 Red Sox 63 27 4 5 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 10 2 0 0 1 .185 .214 .333
1966 29 Red Sox 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1966 29 Indians 39 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
1967 30 Indians 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1967 30 Cubs 20 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
1969 32 Tigers 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 32 Expos 22 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
7 Years 381 145 6 19 3 0 1 0 11 4 0 79 8 0 1 2 .131 .160 .172
Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1962 Red Sox P 62 0 374 14 0.2 13 5 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .929 0.94
1963 Red Sox P 66 0 397 15 0.2 13 4 9 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .867 0.88
1964 Red Sox P 79 0 471 18 0.2 16 5 11 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.92
1965 Red Sox P 63 0 373 20 0.3 19 5 14 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.38
1966 Red Sox P 16 0 57 2 0.1 1 1 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .500 0.47
1966 Indians P 39 0 170 5 0.1 5 0 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.79
1967 Indians P 3 0 9 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1967 Cubs P 20 0 70 3 0.2 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.16
1969 Tigers P 11 0 56 5 0.5 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.41
1969 Expos P 22 0 104 4 0.2 4 1 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.04
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 381 0 2,081 87 0.2 80 25 55 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .920 1.04
7 Years 381 0 2,081 87 0.2 80 25 55 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .920 1.04
Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1962 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 5.2 3.60 10.40 2.89
1963 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.8 0.0 3.18 11.02 3.47
1964 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.9 9.3 3.12 10.38 3.32
1965 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 27.0 2.7 27.0 2.28 8.76 3.84
1966 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.73 9.00 5.21
1966 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 1.44 7.78 5.40
1967 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.50 3.00 6.00
1967 Cubs 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.75 6.94 9.26
1969 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.0 0.0 3.60 8.68 2.41
1969 Expos 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.78 8.31 4.67
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
7 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 145.0 1.8 13.2 2.52 9.67 3.84
Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1962 Boston Red Sox 17 $7,500.00 - -
1963 Boston Red Sox 17 $15,000.00 Stats -
1964 Boston Red Sox 17 $25,000.00 Stats -
1965 Boston Red Sox 17 $35,000.00 - -
1966 Boston Red Sox 17 $41,000.00 - -
1966 Cleveland Indians 46 "     " - -
1967 Cleveland Indians 46 $31,000.00 - -
1967 Chicago Cubs 43 "     " - -
1969 Detroit Tigers 14 $20,000.00 - -
1969 Montreal Expos 22 , 17 "     " - -


Did you know that Dick Radatz was the first pitcher in Major League history to have consecutive 20-save seasons? In 1962 , his rookie season, he had 24 saves, and in 1963 , he had 25 saves - New York Yankees manager Ralph Houk said in '63, "For two seasons, I've never seen a better pitcher."

Did you know that Dick Radatz set and still holds the Major League record for strikeouts in a season by a relief pitcher ? In 1964 , The Monster mowed down 181 hungry hitters, a mark that remains in tact to this date and hasn't been seriously challenged since 1986, when Mark Eichhorn finished with 166. The National League record was once held by Dick Selma who had 153 strikeouts in 1970 , it was passed by Brad Lidge in 2004, who set and still holds the current National League record with 157 Ks.

Did you know that "Hall of Fame" historian John Thorn once published a landmark book called The Relief Pitchers: Baseball's New Heroes , and in that guide he shared his opinion on who were the ten best relief pitchers in baseball history? Those who made his list were: Roy Face , Rollie Fingers , Sparky Lyle , Firpo Marberry , Mike Marshall , Lindy McDaniel , Johnny Murphy , Ron Perranoski , Dick Radatz and Hoyt Wilhelm .

"Dick Radatz certainly was a horrifying site for American League batters in the 1960s. At 6 feet 5 inches and 235 pounds The Monster led the league in saves in both 1962 and 1963 , helping to create a new fashion in hulking, hard-throwing relief pitching. Radatz could not only throw hard, but he combined his fastball with a varied assortment of junk pitches. It was an effective mix, and in the 1963 All-Star Game he struck out five of the six batters he faced." Matthew Silverman wrote that spot-on description of Radatz in Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia (Total Sports Publishing, May 2000, Page 911).
Dick Radatz Baseball Card
Dick Radatz | Back of 1964 Topps Giants Baseball Card (#40) | Baseball Almanac Collection

The batters The Monster struck out during the 1963 All-Star Game were Willie Mays , Willie McCovey , Dick Groat , Julian Javier and Duke Snider .

How did Dick Radatz get the nickname? Let's take a look inside another great book, Talking On Air: A Broadcaster's Life in Sports (Ken Coleman, Sports Masters Publishing, July 1, 2000), "'You guys had better be ahead, because if you're not, The Big Guy will come in around the fifth or sixth inning, and if he does, that's it.' 'The Big Guy' Birdie ( Tebbetts ) referred to was Dick Radatz, probably the most overpowering reliever ever to pitch. Dick was called The Monster, and the man who gave him that nickname was Mickey Mantle . Radatz faced Mantle 63 times in his career and struck him out 47 times. Mantle got one hit off Radatz, and it was a home run. When Mick crossed the plate, he hollered out to the mound, which was not his style at all. 'I finally got you, Monster,' Mick yelled, laughing. Radatz nodded back. The nickname stuck."

The Fireman of the Year Award was an annual baseball award presented to the best relief pitcher in each league in Major League Baseball. It was established in 1960, by The Sporting News, and Dick Radatz was the first American League pitcher to win the award twice ( 1962 & 1964 ).

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