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.
"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 Autograph on a 1994 Ted Williams (#63)
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Bobby Richardson Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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.
vividly recalled the historic out saying, "I broke in with a four-for-four my rookie year against a Hall of Fame pitcher,
. I hit more grand slams [
] 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."
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
reach seven World Series and win three additional rings (
); 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 | 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.