Ted Richardson

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Theodore W. Richardson

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 150 lb.

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Ted Richardson was a minor league pitcher for three years.

Richardson got his start in the dying days of the Negro Leagues, in 1951. He started 1952 with a 12-5 record for the Indianapolis Clowns then starred for the East in the 1952 East-West Game. Relieving Groundhog Thompson with a 7-1 deficit and none out. The little lefty (though bigger than Groundhog by five inches) proceeded to hold the West hitless for the next four innings. He walked two and struck out two, and went 0 for 1 at the plate. Wilmer Harris replaced him; the East lost, 7-3, but it was no fault of Richardson.

Richadson also spent part of 1952 in the Manitoba-Dakota League, then returned to the Negro Leagues for three more years. In 1956, he started a 3-year run in the Detroit Tigers chain. He was 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA for the Augusta Tigers and 5-4 with a 2.82 ERA for the Syracuse Chiefs. He split 1957 between the Orlando Flyers (10-9, 2.00) and Durham Bulls (6-4, 3.10). He was second in the Florida State League in ERA, trailing Harry Coe. He also was the first African-American player to appear for Durham. T.W. ended his minor league career in '58 with the Idaho Falls Russets (5-1, 1.94) and Lancaster Red Roses (1-3, 4.97). He returned to Canada for a couple more years to wrap things up. Overall, he had a 29-24, 2.80 minor league record.