A Tribute to Our Favorite Yankee!

South Carolina seems to have produced more than its share of luminaries, from the beginnings of our nation all the way to the present day:  President Andrew Jackson…Major General George L. Mabry, Jr….James Brown…Joe Frazier…Chris Rock…Bill Pinkney…Mary McLeod Bethune…US Representative James Clyburn…Stephen Colbert…Lee Brice…  The list could go on for quite a while and includes those who have made their mark in many areas, including politics, sports and entertainment.  However, of our native Sumter sons, there is one whose light still shines brighter than any other.

1,432 hits.  24 home runs.  390 RBIs.  MVP of the 1960 World Series.  Indeed, Robert Clinton Richardson has made a mark on baseball history that has not diminished with time.  Bobby Richardson, New York Yankee, has made his hometown proud with a distinguished career in baseball and with his continuing work as a minister, humanitarian and good-will ambassador for the community.

The Sumter County Museum proudly presents a new exhibit, “Bobby Richardson:  Sumter’s Favorite Yankee,” opening in McKenzie Hall on February 3, 2011.  The exhibit will run until March 19 and features a terrific collection of Richardson memorabilia from private collections, dating back to his first steps as the “youngest and smallest player” on a local team and continuing through his glory years with the Yankees and beyond.  From photos to uniforms to actual chunks of the original Yankee Stadium, “Sumter’s Favorite Yankee” is sure to be a rare treat for baseball fans and anyone else who has an interest in learning more about one of the greatest personalities to come out of our community.

Admission to the exhibit is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12.  It is free with a membership to the Friends of the Sumter County Museum.  Museum hours are Tuesday—Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While you’re there, drink in some more Sumter County history with the permanent and revolving exhibits at the historic Williams-Brice House and the Carolina Backcountry, a re-created circa 1800 homestead.  From the beginning to the present day, Sumter has always been a unique community worth exploring.  The Museum has a knowledgeable and dedicated staff that will definitely make your visit worthwhile.  And don’t pass up the chance to visit with Colin and Luke, the loveable Backcountry sheep!

For more information on the Richardson exhibit and the Sumter County Museum, please call (803) 775-0908 or visit online here.

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