Here’s an encapsulated news blurb I read today:
Former Negro Leagues star Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, died Thursday 08/11/05. He was 103. Radcliffe, given his singular nickname by sports writer Damon Runyon after catching Satchel Paige in the first game of a doubleheader in the 1932 Negro League World Series and pitching a shutout in the second game, died from complications after a long bout with cancer.
Here’s what gets me. This guy died at the age of 103…NOT from “natural causes” but from cancer. Makes a person wonder how long he would have lived had the cancer not claimed him, doesn’t it?