From: "Sully" To: "'email@example.com'"
Subject: FYI Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 12:52:22 -0500
I saw the blurb on Radatz - I have a bit up on him as well at Dewey's House.
But it has come to my attention via Baseball Think Factory that Mantle only had 19 plate appearances against Radatz. Now, he did strike out 12 times in those 19 PA's, but the number you posted from the ABC news report turns out to be wrong.
Given all the misinformation that is currently circulating through the media and the web after the untimely death of Dick Radatz, I think this merits its own thread.
There are reports that Mantle struck our 47 times in 63 at bats vs. Radatz; or 44 out of 66; had only one hit; etc.
The topic arose about three years ago on SABR-L, and Dave Smith, founder of Retrosheet set the record straight.
This is an excerpt from a post by Smith to SABR-L in 2002 after he examined the Retrosheet play-by-play logs--Mantle vs. Radatz, career:
The reality is far different:
AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI BA OBA SA
16 3 1 0 1 3 12 2 .188 .316 .438
Radatz may have owned Mantle, but the true sample-size was much smaller.