Sumter native Bobby Richardson is one of only four athletes nationwide to be named to the National High School Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced Wednesday.
Known for his prowess on the baseball diamond as a second baseman for the New York Yankees – whose career included three World Series Championships, seven all-star appearances and the 1960 World Series MVP honor – Richardson was a standout in both baseball and basketball at Edmunds High School.
It’s his achievements at Edmunds, however, where he lettered three years in baseball and basketball, leading the baseball team to two state titles, as well as his success in American Legion ball, earning the South Carolina state championship in both 1950 and 1952, for which Richardson is being honored by the NFSHA.
Richardson signed with the Yankees on the day he graduated from high school at the age of 17, and retired from major league baseball after a 14-year career in 1966.
While his playing days were over, his time on the diamond was far from finished. In 1970, Richardson began a six-year run as baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, leading the Gamecocks to the 1975 College World Series. He later coached at Coastal Carolina College and Liberty University.
The four other athletes joining Richardson in the 2017 Hall of Fame Class include California record-setting softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez, Oklahoma pole vault champion Joe Dial and New York basketball, softball and soccer standout Missy West.
Richardson is the first South Carolinian to be named to the Hall of Fame in five years, and is only the twelfth South Carolinian ever to receive the honor.
Richardson, along with the other athletes, coaches and administrators, will be officially inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame on July 2 during a ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. This will be the 35th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the organization, and will be the closing event of the 98th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.
More details on the National Federation of State High School Associations, and the other inductees into the Hall of Fame, can be found by following this link.