Former New York Yankees' legend Bobby Richardson, who starred on some of the greatest teams in major league baseball history, will be the keynote speaker at an April 29 luncheon at Abilene Christian University.
Richardson, a national leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), will speak about his faith, his life in baseball and his career with the Yankees. The event is sponsored by ACU's Center for Building Community, in partnership with the FCA and ACU Athletics. Tickets for the luncheon, which begins at 11:45 a.m. in the McCaleb Conference Center of the Hunter Welcome Center, are $30 each or $200 for a table of eight and can be purchased by calling ACU Athletics at 325-674-2353 or the local FCA at 325-795-0020.
Richardson will sign copies of his book, Impact Player: Leaving a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field, following the luncheon.
He was an eight-time all-star and five-time Gold Glove winner from 1955-66 and was one of the best second basemen of his era, helping the Yankees to three of the team's world championships (1958, 1961 and 1962). He played in eight World Series in total and is the only player in baseball history to win series MVP honors from a losing team, taking home the award in 1960 after hitting .367 with one grand slam and 12 RBI in a seven-game series loss to Pittsburgh.
His best season came in 1962 when he led the American League in hits (209), won a Gold Glove, made the All-Star team and finished runner-up in the AL MVP voting to teammate Mickey Mantle. He later was the head coach at the University of South Carolina, leading the Gamecocks to a 221-91-1 overall record and a berth in the 1975 College World Series. He also coached at Liberty University and Coastal Carolina University.
Richardson has since become a lay minister who was Mantle's spiritual confidant and played a key role in his former teammate's decision in 1995 to become a born-again Christian while the slugger was in the final stages of a battle with liver cancer. Richardson later officiated at Mantle's funeral service.
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.