Former Yankee great at Cal Ripken

Former Yankee great at Cal Ripken
Former Yankee great at Cal Ripken | Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees, Cal Ripken World Series

Bobby Richardson
Former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson was an average hitter, but when it came to the World Series the slick fielder had a knack for unleashing a potent offensive outburst. Richardson, who played for the Yankees from 1955-66, will be the guest speaker for the Banquet of Champions, which opens the 12 Year Old Cal Ripken Baseball World Series Aug. 7-14 at the Martin Recreation Complex in Martin. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, at The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. Tickets for the banquet are $20 each and they are on sale now at the Martin Parks and Recreation Office on Lindell Street in Martin. Richardson, a career .266-hitter, holds the record for most RBI (12) in a seven-game series (1960) and ties for most runs (8 in 1960) and hits (13 in 1964) in seven-game championships. He also holds the mark for most consecutive World Series games (30 between 1960 and 1964). He joined the New York Yankees at the age of 19. Over the next 12 years, Richardson played in more than 1400 games while the Yankees were winning American League pennants in nine of his first ten years. He is the only player from a losing team to be named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series (1960). Richardson finished as runner-up to Mickey Mantle in the voting for American League MVP in 1962. He was a member of seven American League All-Star teams and won five consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove awards. After retiring from the Yankees at the age of 31, Richardson became the baseball coach at the University of South Carolina. In 1975, his team compiled a record of 51-6, losing to Texas in the final game of the College World Series. After having also coached at Coastal Carolina College and Liberty University, Richardson stepped down as athletic director at Liberty in 1990. He is still active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served for ten years as the president of Baseball Chapel. He received many honors over the years including two honorary doctorates, the Order of Palmetto from his home state of South Carolina, and the prestigious Gold Gavel Awards from Toastmaster International. Richardson and his wife, Betsy, live in Sumter, South Carolina. World Series games begin Thursday, Aug. 7 and continue through Thursday, Aug. 14. Ten teams will compete in pool play Aug. 7-11. Four games will be played each day during pool play. The top three teams in each pool will advance to the single elimination championship which gets under way Tuesday, Aug. 12, with the title game set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information about the Banquet of Champions or the Cal Ripken World Series call Martin Parks and Recreation at (731) 587-6784.

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