DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball program is excited to announce that former New York Yankee second baseman Bobby Richardson will serve as the guest speaker at the 2017 First Pitch Banquet Feb. 4 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park’s PNC Triangle Club.
“Duke Baseball is thrilled to welcome Bobby Richardson as the keynote speaker for our fifth annual First Pitch Banquet,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “I have had the privilege of hearing Bobby speak on a number of different occasions; he always delivers a fantastic talk. I am excited to hear his message to our 2017 squad. It’s going to be a really fun night and a great way to kick off the 2017 campaign.”
As a member of the Yankees from 1955-66, Richardson won three World Series – 1958, 1961 and 1962 – while playing in seven. He was named the 1960 World Series MVP after hitting .367 with 12 RBI. Richardson later set a World Series record with 13 hits in the 1964 Series.
A superb defensive infielder and clutch hitter, Richardson debuted with the Yankees in 1955. For his 12-year MLB career, he totaled 1,432 hits, 390 RBI, 643 runs, 196 doubles and 37 triples while hitting .266. He won a Gold Glove at second base each year from 1961-65 and ended his career as an eight-time all-star, three-time World Series champion, five-time Gold Glove award winner and World Series MVP.
After retiring from MLB in 1966, Richardson served as the head coach at South Carolina from 1970-76 and led the Gamecocks to their first College Worlds Series appearance. He also coached at Liberty University and Coastal Carolina University.
Both individual and corporate table First Pitch Banquet tickets are available for purchase via GoDuke.com. Fans may buy individual tickets for $60.00 while corporate tables are available for $300.00.
Duke baseball alumni and their families are invited to attend the event free of charge. Alumni can register for the event by emailing the Duke Ticket Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blue Devils open the season Feb. 17 in Surprise, Ariz., against Pac 12 foe Oregon State.