Go inside the clubhouse of one of the most prolific dynasties in baseball history with Bobby Richardson, an outspoken Christian who's still the only player from the losing team to be named the World Series MVP. Playing alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and others, he was instrumental in the creation of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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Review 1 for Impact Player: A Memoir of Bobby Richardson
Bobby Richardson's major league baseball career spanned twelve seasons. From 1959 through 1966 he was a fixture at second base on the perennial championship teams of the New York Yankees. Six times he was named an American League All-Star. As respected a ballplayer as he was, his consistent walk with Jesus Christ is even more impressive. In a day before it became fashionable for Christian athletes to publicly share their faith, Bobby was an unashamed believer. His "clean living" and influence upon teammates and players on other clubs marked him as a role model for younger players. He was instrumental in the founding of Baseball Chapel, which now has a presence on every major and minor league team. Retiring at the height of his career at age 31, he went on to coach at the college level as well as speak on numerous occasions at churches and other Christian gatherings, including the Billy Graham Crusade. 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. He recognizes the Lord's hand upon his life and is quick to give God glory in all things. More than four decades ago, Bobby told his story in a small volume entitled "The Bobby Richardson Story." The recent volume has been long overdue. For baseball fans who love to hear former players tell stories of their playing days, this is an enjoyable read. For Yankee fans and those who closely followed Richardson's playing career, it is an absolute must. "Impact Player" bears a positive Christian stamp. Without being "preachy," the message of God's grace through Christ comes through loud and clear.
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Review 2 for Impact Player: A Memoir of Bobby Richardson
Date:August 11, 2012
Impact Player: Living a Lasting Legacy On and Off the Field is a memoir written by Bobby Richardson which tells about his time playing baseball with the Yankees during a famous time in history. Although I can admit I don’t really follow baseball, I am even familiar with the players Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra who Bobby Richardson played alongside. More than just a book about baseball, it looks at the faith of Bobby Richardson and his strong beliefs and example he was for those he played with during his career. I also liked learning about the accomplishments of Bobby Richardson after he completed his time in professional baseball. He had a large family, coached baseball at the University of South Carolina, and even ran for Congress. My sister attended Liberty University, so I thought it was interesting to learn about the time he spent coaching there in the 1980s. He had many great years playing baseball, and the book gave him the opportunity to share many stories. I liked how he never seemed to “preach” 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. I can’t wait to give this book to my dad to read, since I’m sure he will enjoy reading about the experiences of the Yankee clubhouse during the 1955-1964 seasons. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."