This weekend, former New York Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson will be one of our guests on Sports Spectrum.
Richardson played for the Yankees from 1955-66 and he played on some of the greatest teams in history. He played with Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris, Tony Kubek, Elston Howard and others on Yankee teams that won the World Series in 1956, 1958, 1961, and 1962. They also made it to the Fall Classic in 1957, 1960, 1963, and 1964.
Richardson made an unusual decision after the 1966 season. He retired at the age of 30 to cut down on his travel and raise his family. He jokingly says he played in an “Old Timers’ Game” at the age of 31.
This past season, Richardson went back to New York City to play in the first Old Timers’ Game at the new Yankee Stadium. While there he attended the Sunday morning chapel service led by Yankee chaplain George McGovern. He was blessed by seeing Yankee greats Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, Andy Petite, and manager Joe Girardi studying the Word and worshiping the Lord. He could see the eagerness in the eyes of the players. All told, there were about 19 players in chapel that day.
Many look at the Yankees as a free-spending, big-budget baseball team that is labeled “the Evil Empire” by fans of other teams. In the midst of all of that, Bobby was encouraged to see that many of the players of his former team were still grounded in a relationship with Christ. Don’t miss this visit with Bobby on Sports Spectrum this Saturday.