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Dick Radatz Obituary

EASTON, Mass. (AP) - Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dick Radatz, a feared reliever in the 1960s, died Wednesday when he fell down a flight of stairs in his home, police said. He was 67.

Radatz, a 6-foot-5 right-hander nicknamed "The Monster," lost his balance and suffered a severe head injury in the fall Wednesday afternoon, police Chief Thomas Kominsky said.

The cause of death is believed to be accidental, Kominsky said. He said the offices of the state medical examiner and Bristol County district attorney were investigating.

Radatz pitched seven seasons in the majors for Boston , Cleveland, Detroit, the Chicago Cubs and Montreal. He went 52-43 with 122 saves and a 3.13 ERA.

His best years were in Boston, where he broke into the big leagues in 1962. He was 49-34 with 104 saves, applied under modern rules because saves weren't recorded as a statistic in those days, in four-plus seasons with the Red Sox. He was an All-Star in 1963 and 1964.

Radatz regularly pitched multiple innings of relief, long before pitchers evolved into one-inning specialists.

Radatz holds the major league record for strikeouts in a season by a relief pitcher, 181 in 1964.

Boston signed Radatz, a Detroit native who graduated from Michigan State University, before the 1959 season as an amateur free agent.

Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press

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