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Encyclopedia > Bobby Richardson
Bobby Richardson
Second Baseman
Born: August 19, 1935 (1935-08-19) (age 72)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 1955
for the New York Yankees
Final game
October 2, 1966
for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
AVG     .266
Hits     1432
Runs scored     643
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 7-time AL All-Star (1957, 1959, 1962-66)
  • World Series MVP in 1960
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner in 1963
  • 5-time Gold Glove winner (1961-65)
  • Led AL in Singles in 1961 (148), 1962 (158) and 1964 (148)
  • Led AL in Plate Appearances (754) and Hits (209) in 1962
  • Led AL in At Bats in 1962 (692), 1963 (630) and 1964 (679)
  • Led AL in Sacrifice Hits in 1962 (20) and 1964 (16)
  • Led AL in At Bats per Strikeout in 1964 (18.9), 1965 (17.0) and 1966 (21.8)
  • Ranks 79th on MLB Career At Bats per Strikeout List (22.2)

Robert Clinton Richardson (born August 19, 1935, in Sumter, South Carolina) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees from 1955 through 1966. Batting and throwing right-handed, he was a superb defensive infielder, as well as something of a clutch hitter, who played no small role in the Yankee baseball dynasty of his day. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ... The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is a award created by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity to recognize the former Major League Baseball player Lou Gehrig. ... is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Sumter (IPA: or ) is a city located in Sumter County, South Carolina. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 20 - The Baseball Writers Association of America voters elect Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. ...

Contents

Biography

Richardson debuted on August 5, 1955. He racked up 1,432 hits in his career, with a lifetime batting average of .266, 34 home runs and 390 RBIs. He won five Gold Gloves at second base, while forming a top double play combination with shortstop (and roommate) Tony Kubek. With the light-hitting but superb-fielding Yankee third baseman Clete Boyer, Richardson and Kubek gave the Yankees arguably the best defensive infield in baseball. His most famous defensive play came at the end of the 1962 World Series, mentioned below, when Richardson made a clutch catch that prevented Willie Mays and Matty Alou from scoring the runs that would have beaten the Yankees and given the Series to the San Francisco Giants. In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... List of AL Gold Glove Winners at Second Base Gold Glove AL: P | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF NL: P | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF Categories: Baseball Trophies and Awards ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Tony Kubek (left) interviews Joe Morgan following the Cincinnati Reds Game 4 victory in the 1976 World Series. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Cletis Leroy “Clete” Boyer (born February 9, 1937 in Cassville, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... The 1962 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the San Francisco Giants, who had won their first NL pennant since moving from New York in 1958, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game playoff. ... William Howard Mays, Jr. ... Mateo Rojas Matty Alou (born December 22, 1938 in Haina, Dominican Republic) was a professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT...


Richardson's 12-year career statistics also include 643 runs scored and 73 stolen bases. He also had 196 doubles and 37 triples. Bengie Molina of the Anaheim Angels (in gray and red) scores a run by touching home plate after rounding all the bases. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ...


His best year was probably 1962, when he batted .302 with 8 home runs and 59 runs batted in. His 209 hits led the American League, and he stole 11 bases in 161 games. He made the AL All-Star team, won his second Gold Glove, and came in second in the AL MVP voting, just behind teammate Mickey Mantle. When informed he had won the award, Mantle supposedly said, "Bobby should have won it." The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ...


One of the best parts of Richardson's game was his ability to make contact. He struck out just 243 times in his entire 12-year career, less than 5% of his plate appearances. He was among the top three players in the league in at bats per strikeout eight times during his career, and led the league three times, 1964-1966. He twice led the league in sacrifice bunts. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ...


He also led the league in at bats three times, partly because he batted early in the order and partly because he rarely missed a game, coming to be known as a workhorse. His career high was 692 at bats in 161 games in 1962.


Despite the raw totals, Richardson was a poor offensive player. Since he rarely walked, his career OBP was .299, and since he had little power, his career slugging percentage was only .335. Every year from 1961-1966 he finished in the top five in the American League in outs made, leading the league four of those six years. As Bill James remarked, "Richardson, frankly, was a horrible leadoff man. He rarely got on base and almost never got into scoring position." Leading off for the 1961 Yankees, playing 162 games and batting 662 times, with 237 home runs coming up behind him, Richardson scored only 80 runs. Only once, in 1962, which was Richardson’s best year, was his OPS+ over 100, and his career OPS+ was only 77.[1] In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949 in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian and statistician whose work has been widely influential. ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ...


He had an all-time fielding percentage of .979 at second base. In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ...


After retiring from professional baseball, Richardson became a baseball coach at the University of South Carolina. In 1975, he led the Gamecocks to a 51-6 record and an appearance in the 1975 College World Series, where they lost to the Texas Longhorns 5-1 in the title game.


Postseason

Richardson won three World Series (1958, 1961, 1962) of the seven he played with the Yankees (1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964). Hardly moving from his position, he caught the final out of the 1962 Series, snaring a screaming line drive off the bat of Willie McCovey, which, if it had been two or three feet higher would have won the Series for the San Francisco Giants. For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... In a rematch of the 1957 Series, the 1958 World Series matched the defending champion Milwaukee Braves against the New York Yankees. ... The 1961 World Series of baseball matched the New York Yankees (109-53) against the Cincinnati Reds (93-61), with the Yankees winning in 5 games to earn their 19th championship in the last 39 seasons. ... The 1962 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the San Francisco Giants, who had won their first NL pennant since moving from New York in 1958, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game playoff. ... The 1957 World Series featured the defending champions, the New York Yankees (American League), playing against the Milwaukee Braves (National League). ... Bill Mazeroskis famous game-winning home run at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... The 1963 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers sweeping the Series in four games to capture their second title in five years. ... The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... Willie Lee McCovey (born January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama), nicknamed Big Mac and Stretch, is a former slugger and first baseman who played Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics between 1959 and 1980. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT...


He was named World Series MVP in 1960 when he helped the Yankees against the Pittsburgh Pirates, although they lost in a Series in which normally light-hitting second basemen (the other being the Bucs' Bill Mazeroski) shone at the plate. During that Series, Richardson hit .367 with 11 hits in 30 at bats. He had a home run (a grand slam) and 12 RBIs, and also racked up two doubles and two triples in the seven-game series. To this day, Richardson remains the only World Series MVP selected from the losing team. The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed Maz, and also called simply The Glove by radio broadcaster Bob Prince, is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career (1956-72) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...


In the 1964 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, he tied a World Series record with 13 hits. However, with the Yankees losing 7-5 in Game 7, and batting against Cardinal ace Bob Gibson, he had the dubious distinction of making the final out of the Series, popping out to Dal Maxvill. The 1964 World Series, the 56th playing for the championship of Major League Baseball, pitted the National League champion St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Pack Robert Bob Gibson (born November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher for the St. ... Charles Dallan Maxvill (born February 18, 1939 in Granite City, Illinois) is a retired American Major League Baseball player, coach and general manager. ...


Trivia

  • Richardson wore the uniform number 1 (one) for the majority of his career (1958-1966)
  • Richardson is a born-again Christian. In the 1980s, he served as the collegiate baseball coach at Liberty University and also for two seasons (1985-86) at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. where he compiled a record of (61-38). Today, Bobby Richardson is a national leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a much sought-after Christian speaker.
  • Richardson ran for United States Congress from South Carolina in 1976 as a Republican, losing to Democrat Kenneth Holland. Richardson's old friend, Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek, refused to campaign for Richardson as Kubek was a Democrat.
  • His manager Casey Stengel once made this observation about Richardson, who was better known for his glove than his bat: "Look at him. He don't drink, he don't smoke, he don't chew (tobacco), he don't stay out too late, and he still don't hit .250!" His career average was, in fact, .266, and he batted at a .305 clip in World Series play.
  • Referring to Bobby Richardson's clutch hitting, Casey Stengel later said, "Bobby Richardson was the best .260 hitter ever to play the game."

Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Liberty University is a Christian liberal arts university in Lynchburg, Virginia. ... Mission The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1956. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Kenneth Lamar Holland was a Representative from South Carolina; born in Hickory, Catawba County, N.C., November 24, 1934; attended the public schools of Gaffney, S.C.; A.B., University of South Carolina, Columbia, 1960; LL.B., University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, 1963; admitted to the South Carolina... Tony Kubek (left) interviews Joe Morgan following the Cincinnati Reds Game 4 victory in the 1976 World Series. ... Charles Dillon Casey Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975), nicknamed The Old Professor, was an American baseball player and manager from the early 1910s into the 1960s. ... Chewing tobacco is a smokeless tobacco product. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/r/richabo01.shtml

In the late 1960's there was an LP record produced and titled --- The Bobby Richardson Story. Produced by Word Records Inc, Waco, Texas. LP # W-3343-LP The sub-title is The Exciting First-Person Account of His Own Life, By the Yankees' Famous Second Baseman....


Sources

1. ESPN web site, yearly list of World Series results from the beginning to the present.

Preceded by
Larry Sherry
World Series MVP
1960
Succeeded by
Whitey Ford
Preceded by
Robin Roberts
Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
1963
Succeeded by
Ken Boyer

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Bobby Richardson - Idol Worship - New York Yankees (1932 words)
Richardson played second base for the Yankees for 12 years (1955 to '66), becoming a bona fide regular in 1959 when he hit.301 in 134 games.
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Bobby Richardson (born August 19 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina) is a former major league baseball second basemen for the New York Yankees from 1955 through 1966.
Debuting on August 5 of 1955, Richardson is often considered one of the most underrated Yankees of all time.
Richardson won 3 World Series (1958, 1961, 1962) in the 7 he played in (1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964), all with the Yankees.
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