In an era of New York Yankee baseball greats and world record setters like Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, “the littlest Yankee,” as Bobby Richardson was nicknamed by Yogi, set his own world records, some of which still stand 48 years later. He holds the record for most RBIs or runs batted in in a World Series game, which is six. He also has the most RBIs in a World Series, which is 12. He holds the record of 13 hits in a World Series and the record of playing in 30 consecutive World Series games. He is also a five-time all-star and the 1960 World Series most valuable player.
Yet the record that Bobby is most known for is his record of professing faith in Jesus Christ.
In the era he played in, not too many people were saying they were followers of Jesus out loud, at least not in the public arena. Bobby shares that when he was 14 years old his mom invited their pastor to come over for Sunday dinner after church. He said his pastor opened the Bible and started sharing verses like when Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” He said that day as a teenager, he recognized that he knew about the Lord Jesus historically but for the first time was confronted with the fact that he needed a personal relationship with a living Savior who gives abundant life. His relationship with Jesus began that day.
Since the days when Bobby shared his faith in the dugout and on the baseball field, he has shared it all over the globe these last 50 years. He was one of Mickey Mantle’s best friends and was influential in Mickey coming to personal faith in Jesus before his death.
Bobby will share many stories of humor and inspiration from his Yankee days, but to keep the record straight, he will share Jesus with us and how He has made such a transforming difference in his life.
>>Come hear Bobby on Tuesday night, June 14 from 6-8 p.m. in Seabrook Hall at our Fourth Annual Senior Adult Banquet. For reservations, contact Lisa Weatherford.