By Bobby Richardson
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«I want to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Bobby Richardson
Former Yankee Bobby Richardson played alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Joe Pepitone and Yogi Berra during one of the most prolific dynasties in baseball history, and he remains to this day the only player from the losing team ever to be named World Series MVP.
In "Impact Player", he shares his life story, including never-before-told tales from the Yankee clubhouse during the historic ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ55-ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ65 pennant runs and World Series appearances. The book also features the unlikely friendship Richardson, a devout and outspoken Christian, shared with Yankee legend and renowned drinker and womanizer, Mickey Mantle.
The perfect combination of faith and baseball, "Impact Player" offers a rare glimpse into one of the most celebrated dynasties in the history of the game, and it paints a fascinating portrait of a life well-lived and the lasting rewards that come from knowing and loving God.
"I don't know how many more innings I have to play ... What I do know, however, is that I have lived a blessed life. I played more than fourteen hundred games in the major leagues, all with the New York Yankees. I played in seven World Series, three times on the winning team. I received individual accolades and made lasting friendships. I was able to coach and show young college players the Yankee way of baseball and, I hope, GodÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs way of living. And IÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇve been asked to share the story of my faith more times than I can estimate.
"If my life is a testament to anything, it is to GodÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs mercy and grace. I have been blessed far beyond what I deserve. My aim in both baseball and life has been simple: to make an impact by being used by God in the lives of others.
"When accounts of my life are written, I hope two things will be said of me. First, that I played baseball in a way that made my team better. Second, and more important, that I lived my life in a way that drew others to my Savior."
"To God be the glory." ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Bobby Richardson
The (Sumter, S.C.) Item
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Baseball legend Bobby Richardson has become SumterÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs Mount Rushmore, a monument to a life well-lived. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ ThatÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs how he rolls. No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, you will come away wanting to do better in this life after spending time with him.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«We ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕ meaning readers of this, his hometown newspaper ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎÌÕ are so comfortable with the greatness of Bobby Richardson that thereÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs little in the book thatÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs not at least vaguely familiar. ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ__ Fans and friends will enjoy all of it, and people unfamiliar with the story of Bobby Richardson will be moved by the powerful axioms on humility, forgiveness, perseverance and loyalty that play throughout the stories.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«ItÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs a great book, and IÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇd strongly recommend buying it immediately. Grab a few extra copies as gifts.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Graham Osteen, co-publisher and editor-at-large
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ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«I liked how he never seemed to ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«preachÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ at his teammates, but rather he served as an example and chose to become friends with others despite the fact he may not have agreed with their lifestyles. He even mentions in the book that he thinks the best way he could be a Christian witness was through his friendship with his teammates.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Lauren
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Never self-promoting, Richardson humbly shares his perspective of the role he played in leading his former teammate Mickey Mantle to Christ at a time when the superstar was critically ill. He also provides a transparent and self-effacing regret over his inability to be a better husband and father during his playing days and immediately afterward.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å David Gough, Alexandria, Va.
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ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«In fact, it is his friendship with Mantle that forms the frame for Richardson's story. Opening with Richardson about to speak at Mantle's funeral, the final chapters bring home the fact that Mantle became a Christian shortly before he passed away and Bobby's witness was instrumental in that. Richardson emphasizes how his platform of baseball (and ours in whatever we do) can and should be used to spread the message of Christ.
ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«This book isn't the story of the Yankees' inner-workings amid a very successful run in baseball. It is the story of one man trying to live for God while playing the game he loves. It is definitely worth a read for sports fans, and maybe for the casual Yankee fan.ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Scott Knight
About the Authors
Bobby Richardson played second base for the New York Yankees from 1955 to 1966. During his career, he was named to seven All-Star teams (ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ57, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ59, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ62, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ63, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ64, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ65 and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ66); he appeared in seven World Series, including three championship seasons (ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ58, ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ61, and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇ62); and he remains to this day the only player from a losing team ever to be named World Series MVP. One of only 18 players ever to hit a World Series grand slam, he still holds the MLB record for the most consecutive World Series games played (30).
After retiring from MLB in 1966, Richardson went on to coach baseball for the University of South Carolina and later at Liberty University. An outspoken Christian, he played a vital role in the creation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baseball Chapel and is still an active speaker and evangelist.
Richardson lives in Sumter, South Carolina, with his wife, Betsy. They are the proud parents of five children and grandparents of 15 grandchildren.
David Thomas is a former sportswriter, the author of "Remember Why You Play" and the co-writer of "All In" and "SEAL of God". He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife, Sally, and their two children.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Books; First Edition (August 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414372736
- ISBN-13: 978-1414372730