Casey Stengel once said of Bobby Richardson, “Look at him. He don’t drink, he don’t smoke, he don’t chew (tobacco), he don’t stay out too late, and he still don’t hit .250!”
That remark exemplifies the kind of relationship Richardson had with Stengel, who managed the infielder the first six years of his major league career. Yet, despite Stengel’s somewhat critical appraisal of him, Richardson went on to establish himself during the early 1960s as the American League’s top second baseman, and as one of the junior circuit’s most consistent and durable performers. The winner of five consecutive Gold Gloves from 1961 to 1965, Richardson also made five straight appearances on the All-Star Team and missed a total of only 31 of his team’s 1,028 games between 1961 and 1966.
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