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Bobby Richardson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 19, 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina
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Baseball Career: First Game: August 5, 1955; Final Game: October 2, 1966 Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 9" Weight: 170 Awards and Achievements: Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1960) Named second baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966) Won AL Gold Glove as second baseman (1961 to 1965) Bobby Richardson This article was written by Len Pasculli and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966, a key contributor during one of the Yankees' most successful stretches in their legendary history. Richardson was by all accounts a slick, rangy glove man and a steady stick man. He won the Gold Glove Award five times, he batted over .300 in two different seasons, and he was selected to the American League All-Star team eight times. (1) And when the October spotlight was turned on, Richardson excelled. His lifetime regular season statistics include a .266 batting average, a .299 on-base percentage, and a .335 slugging percentage. In World Series play, however, he batted .305 with a .331 OBP and .405 SLG. Richardson played in seven World Series, 36 games in all including a major league record 30 consecutive World Series games, and he holds several remarkable World Series hitting records as well: he is one of only four players to have 11 or more hits in two different World Series, he has the most RBIs in a World Series [12], and the most RBIs in a single World Series game [6]. His total of 40 World Series hits places him at #13 on the list of Most World Series Hits in a Career, as of this writing. Richardson is the only second baseman and the only player from the losing team to win the coveted Sport Magazine World Series MVP award. (2) Bobby Richardson was inarguably one of the best second sackers in his day, and a convincing case could be made that he is the greatest all-time Yankee second baseman after Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri. Robert Clinton Richardson, Jr., was born on August 19, 1935, the second child born to Robert Clinton, Sr. and Willie (nee Owens) Richardson of Sumter, South Carolina. Older sister Inez was born one year earlier and little sister Willie Ann was born one year later. His father was part owner and manager of Richardson Marble and Granite Works and his mother was a homemaker. ("My father was the type who would sit quietly in the bleachers and watch me play.")
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