Impact Player (Book Review)

In recognition of Babe Ruth’s birthday, I am reposting this from last June. In many eyes he was the best, and no doubt, he was talented. My hero, however, is still Bobby Richardson.

The Shepherd's Presence

Impact Player: Leaving a lasting legacy on and off the Field, is an autobiography by Bobby Richardson.  Tyndale Publishers, 2012.  283 pages and a photo section.

The first book, The Bobby Richardson Story, 1965, Revell, was also a first-hand account of this New York Yankee second baseman.  It is much smaller, and now found only as second-hand books by sellers on places such as eBay and Amazon.com.

Bobby Richardson, along with Al Worthington, was known for his clean living and excellent major league playing ability.  The two did not mix easily in the late 1950’s and into the 1970’s.  With thanks to players like Richardson and Worthington, we now have clean-living options for professional sports.  After his retirement from baseball, Richardson tells of the efforts he put into Baseball Chapel, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Those contributions are part of the book.

Impact Player is captivating if the reader enjoys baseball. …

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