Bobby Richardson Stats

Bobby Richardson was born on Monday, August 19, 1935, in Sumter, South Carolina. Richardson was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 5, 1955, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bobby Richardson baseball stats page.

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"Look at him (Bobby Richardson). He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't chew, he doesn't stay out late and he still can't hit .250." - Manager Casey Stengel in Baseball Digest (November 1985, Robbie Andreu, 'All-Time, All-Flake Team Includes Many Characters', Page 77)

Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson Autograph on a 1994 Ted Williams (#63)

Bobby Richardson Autograph on a 1994 Ted Williams (#63)

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Birth Name:
Robert Clinton Richardson
Nickname:
Bobby
Born On:
08-19-1935  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sumter, South Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Edmunds High School (Sumter, SC)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
08-05-1955 (Age 19)
Last Game:
10-02-1966
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Bobby Richardson Pitching Stats

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Bobby Richardson Hitting Stats

1955 20 Yankees 11 26 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 .154 .214 .154
1956 21 Yankees 5 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
1957 22 Yankees 97 305 36 78 11 1 0 0 19 9 3 26 3 3 0 9 .256 .274 .298
1958 23 Yankees 73 182 18 45 6 2 0 0 14 8 0 5 3 2 0 1 .247 .276 .302
1959 24 Yankees 134 469 53 141 18 6 2 0 33 26 3 20 10 3 0 3 .301 .335 .377
1960 25 Yankees 150 460 45 116 12 3 1 0 26 35 6 19 9 3 0 7 .252 .303 .298
1961 26 Yankees 162 662 80 173 17 5 3 0 49 30 1 23 10 2 2 15 .261 .295 .316
1962 27 Yankees 161 692 99 209 38 5 8 1 59 37 1 24 20 4 1 13 .302 .337 .406
1963 28 Yankees 151 630 72 167 20 6 3 0 48 25 0 22 8 3 2 8 .265 .294 .330
1964 29 Yankees 159 679 90 181 25 4 4 0 50 28 1 36 16 5 0 15 .267 .294 .333
1965 30 Yankees 160 664 76 164 28 2 6 0 47 37 4 39 9 2 1 11 .247 .287 .322
1966 31 Yankees 149 610 71 153 21 3 7 0 42 25 1 28 9 3 1 17 .251 .280 .330
12 Years 1,412 5,386 643 1,432 196 37 34 1 390 262 20 243 98 30 7 100 .266 .299 .335

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Bobby Richardson Fielding Stats

1955 Yankees 2B 6 6 162 22 3.7 19 12 7 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .864 3.17
1955 Yankees SS 4 0 21 4 1.0 4 2 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.14
1956 Yankees 2B 5 2 69 19 3.8 19 15 4 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.43
1957 Yankees 2B 93 83 2,199 438 4.7 429 206 223 9 60 n/a n/a n/a .979 5.27
1958 Yankees 2B 51 42 1,134 220 4.3 214 104 110 6 35 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.10
1958 Yankees 3B 13 9 237 36 2.8 35 8 27 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .972 3.99
1958 Yankees SS 2 1 27 8 4.0 7 3 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 7.00
1959 Yankees 2B 109 107 2,847 565 5.2 548 256 292 17 85 n/a n/a n/a .970 5.20
1959 Yankees 3B 12 0 75 5 0.4 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1959 Yankees SS 14 13 327 57 4.1 52 11 41 5 9 n/a n/a n/a .912 4.29
1960 Yankees 2B 141 133 3,369 667 4.7 649 312 337 18 103 n/a n/a n/a .973 5.20
1960 Yankees 3B 11 5 168 19 1.7 19 6 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.05
1961 Yankees 2B 161 160 6,420 807 5.0 789 413 376 18 136 n/a n/a n/a .978 3.32
1962 Yankees 2B 161 161 465 844 5.2 829 378 451 15 116 n/a n/a n/a .982 48.14
1963 Yankees 2B 150 150 4,011 771 5.1 759 335 424 12 105 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.11
1964 Yankees 2B 157 156 159 825 5.3 810 400 410 15 108 n/a n/a n/a .982 137.55
1964 Yankees SS 1 0 15 5 5.0 5 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1965 Yankees 2B 158 157 4,593 790 5.0 775 372 403 15 121 n/a n/a n/a .981 4.56
1966 Yankees 2B 147 144 3,810 745 5.1 730 322 408 15 91 n/a n/a n/a .980 5.17
1966 Yankees 3B 2 1 24 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
2B Totals 1,339 1,301 29,238 6,713 5.0 6,570 3,125 3,445 143 963 n/a n/a n/a .979 6.07
3B Totals 38 15 504 62 1.6 61 16 45 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .984 3.27
SS Totals 21 14 390 74 3.5 68 18 50 6 11 n/a n/a n/a .919 4.71
12 Years 1,398 1,330 30,132 6,849 4.9 6,699 3,159 3,540 150 977 n/a n/a n/a .978 6.00

Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson Miscellaneous Stats

1955 Yankees 1 1 .500 1 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 8.7 - - -
1956 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 - - -
1957 Yankees 1 3 .250 1 8 n/a 0.0 11.7 16.1 - - -
1958 Yankees 1 3 .250 0 9 n/a 0.0 36.4 13.0 - - -
1959 Yankees 5 5 .500 0 3 n/a 234.5 23.5 14.2 - - -
1960 Yankees 6 6 .500 1 5 n/a 460.0 24.2 17.7 - - -
1961 Yankees 9 7 .563 1 0 n/a 220.7 28.8 13.5 - - -
1962 Yankees 11 9 .550 0 0 n/a 86.5 28.8 11.7 - - -
1963 Yankees 15 1 .938 1 0 n/a 210.0 28.6 13.1 - - -
1964 Yankees 11 2 .846 2 1 n/a 169.8 18.9 13.6 - - -
1965 Yankees 7 5 .583 3 0 n/a 110.7 17.0 14.1 - - -
1966 Yankees 6 6 .500 2 2 n/a 87.1 21.8 14.5 - - -
12 Years 73 48 .603 12 30 n/a 158.4 22.2 13.8 - - -

Bobby Richardson

Bobby Richardson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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Did you know that Bobby Richardson is the only player in Major League history to have been named the World Series Most Valuable Player (for his record setting performance in the 1960 World Series ), even though he was on the losing team?

The Sporting News listed "the catch" made by Bobby Richardson during the 1962 World Series at #13 of Baseball's 25 Greatest Moments. Willie McCovey vividly recalled the historic out saying, "I broke in with a four-for-four my rookie year against a Hall of Fame pitcher, Robin Roberts . I hit more grand slams [ Top 1,000 ] than anybody in National League history. I hit more home runs than any lefthanded hitter in the National League. But that out is what many people remember about me.... I would rather be remembered as the guy who hit the ball six inches over Bobby Richardson's head."
Willie McCovey Bobby Richardson Peanuts Cartoon
Peanuts Cartoon | Charles Schulz | Syndicated | Willie McCovey / Bobby Richardson

In a nutshell, Ralph Terry , along with his skipper Ralph Houk , decided to pitch to Willie McCovey after a brief meeting on the mound. The tying run was on third base. The winning run was on second base. McCovey had just tripled in his previous at-bat and hit a home run off Terry during Game 2 . Orlando Cepeda , whom Terry had already struck out twice in the game, was waiting in the on-deck circle. McCovey smashed the first pitch Terry served up foul, down the right field line. Pitch number two, McCovey whacked a screaming liner that Bobby caught with no effort prompting him to say, "People often suggest that I was out of position on that play, but McCovey hit two hard ground balls to me earlier in the Series, so I played where I thought he would hit the ball." A few feet higher or defensively placed elsewhere and the San Francisco Giants would have won the Series.

Bobby Richardson was an absolutely superb defensive infielder who played a big part in helping the Bronx Bombers reach seven World Series and win three additional rings ( 1958 , 1961 , 1961 ); however, he received virtually no consideration once placed on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1972 (2.0%), 1973 (0.5%) or 1974 (1.4%). A few more notable highlights from his memorable career:
Bobby Richardson 6-RBI Game
Bobby Richardson | New York Daily News (Wire Photo) | October 9, 1960
Note: See Final Bullet Below To Understand This Historic Photo

Bobby Richardson won five consecutive Gold Gloves at second base , from 1961 through 1965, the most by any Yankee at the position. The next Yankee to wear a gold glove at second, Robinson Cano in 2010!

Bobby Richardson was an eight time All-Star at second base, notable as he played only twelve years and had but eight full seasons.

Bobby Richardson struck out only 243 times during his entire 12-year career. He struck out less than 5% of his plate appearances and finished in the top three for at-bats per strikeouts eight times in the American League (including first overall in 1964, 1965 & 1966).

Bobby Richardson played in 1,412 regular season baseball games and 36 World Series games (including a record 30 consecutive World Series games) - and in EXACTLY one game, he struck out three times. On October 2, 1963, Sandy Koufax struck him out three times during Game 1 of the 1963 World Series , the first and only time Richardson had more than two-strikeouts in any big league game he ever played.

Bobby Richardson was the first player in World Series history to ever drive in six runs during a single World Series game ( 1960 World Series , Game 3 ) - a World Series RBI Record that has been tied, but still stands to this day.

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