He started out with a bang. In his first game ever, as an 11-year old in Rittman Legion ball, Rauschenberg initiated a triple play on his first fielding chance and continued throughout his career to establish a reputation as a solid fielder. Del was an outstanding second baseman and later shortstop for the Killian Celtics, Sterling Maibachs, Slovene Center, Ohio Boxboard, Moore Wrestlers, Canton Road Furniture, Smith Sheriffs, Hoover Sweepers, Akron P.O.C. Beer, Erhart Kramers, and the Borden Autos in a career spanning 1936-1960. He was named to 11 All-Star teams and won two batting titles while averaging .360 for his career.