A Yankee stalwart at second base for the better half of the 1960’s, Richardson won three World Series titles with New York in a career that lasted just 12 years. Richardson played in 16 total games in 1955 and 1956 but got much more playing time in 1957 and made the opportunity count, making the All-Star team as a rookie. By 1959 he was New York’s everyday second baseman. He hit .301 that season and was selected to his second All-Star Game. In 1962, he began a string of five straight All-Star Game appearances that only ended when he decided to retire after the 1966 season. Richardson was a key member of seven World Series teams. He was the MVP of the 1960 World Series which the Yankees lost, making him the only man ever to accomplish that feat. He hit .305 in 131 World Series at bats, helping the Yankees to victories in 1958, 1961 and 1962.
As he notes, Richardson holds the record for most consecutive World Series games played with 30. He won five Gold Gloves during his career. He also holds the record for most hits in one World Series with 13. The mark has since been tied twice. Following his playing career, he served as the head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina from 1970-1976.
Bobby Richardson – career stats