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South Carolina Baseball Hero Bobby Richardson Still Follows His Teams

Bobby Richardson of Sumter has lived a life studded with diamonds – baseball diamonds, that is.  After a distinctive 12-year career with the New York Yankees in their 1950's – 60's prime – a time in which he set some records that still stand – he returned to South Carolina and coached at both the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina University, as well as a stint at Virginia’s Liberty University.  In this segment of South Carolina Focus, Richardson recalls how he chose to sign with the Yankees, his biggest thrill in baseball, and an exhibition game that built up the Gamecocks’ fan base.  Sports commentator Teddy Hefner credits Richardson for his bringing the USC team into the modern baseball era, and for the sterling example he has always set for his players and others.   

Tut Underwood is producer of South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication. He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree. He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.