While the doors to Cooperstown may never swing open to him for his vast exploits on the baseball diamond, no one will argue with Bobby Richardson’s credentials for his being inducted into a humanitarian hall of fame.As a member of the New York Yankees for 12 seasons (1955-66), the Sumter native and resident posted a career .266 batting average with 34 home runs and 390 RBI. He remains the only player from a losing team to win the most valuable player award in the World Series, having done so in the 1960 fall classic when the Yankees lost to Pittsburgh when Bill Mazeroski hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth in game seven to give the Pirates the 10-9 win and the world championshipIn the 1960 World Series, Richardson went 11-for-30 (.367 average), hit one home run with two doubles, two triples, eight runs scored while driving in a dozen runs. The 12 RBI is still a World Series record and stands one ahead of teammate and longtime friend Mickey Mantle, who plated 11 runners in 1960, a series in which the Bronx Bombers outscored the Pirates by a combined 55-27 count.Richardson’s numbers only scratch the surface on the man who, following his retirement from baseball, went into college coaching. He served as the head baseball coach at three schools, starting with the University of South Carolina before stops at Coastal Carolina University and Liberty University.Through his journeys, Richardson never lost sight of what he believed to be the most important thing in his life; his being a Christian.
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