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Former New York Yankees second baseman is the only player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Award in a World Series while playing for the losing team. He will speak in Blowing Rock July 22 at Chetola Resort. Photo courtesy of The National Pastime Museum

Originally published: 2014-06-19 12:05:42
Last modified: 2014-06-19 12:06:25

New York Yankee legend to speak in Blowing Rock

By Jeff Eason

The New York Yankees of the early 1960s featured the power-hitting duo of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and routinely made their way to the World Series.

The team also had second baseman named Bobby Richardson, who had a well-deserved reputation as a clutch hitter to go along with his superb fielding.

Between 1961 and 1965, Richardson won five straight Gold Glove awards.  He is also the only player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Award in a World Series while playing for the losing team.

Richardson will speak in Blowing Rock at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort.

The event is sponsored by the Men’s Connection Bible Study and is free and open to the public.

Richardson spent his entire major league career with the Yankees and won world championships with the team in 1958, 1961 and 1962. He still holds numerous World Series records, including runs batted in in a game, RBIs in a series and hits in a series. He also holds the record for having played in 30 consecutive World Series games.

Richardson had his Yankee debut on Aug. 5, 1955, at the age of 19 and retired after the 1966 season at the age of 31.

After retiring from major league baseball, Richardson became a collegiate baseball coach at the University of South Carolina. In 1975, his Gamecocks compiled a record of 51-6 and came within one game of the NCAA championship, losing to the University of Texas in the final game of the College World Series.

Richardson continued his coaching career at Coastal Carolina University and Liberty University, retiring as athletic director at Liberty in 1990. He continues to be active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served for 10 years as the president of Baseball Chapel, an international ministry recognized by major and minor league baseball and is responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders, including more than 500 throughout professional baseball today.

Among his other accolades, Richardson holds two honorary doctorates and the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International.

In 2013, he was honored with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information about Richardson’s appearance in Blowing Rock, call Jim Steele at (828) 295-7540.
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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