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Born in Holly Hill, SC in 1954, Willie Larry Randolph was
raised in New York City. After graduating from high school,
he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1972 and played
in the team’s minor league system. A year after being
called up to the major league team, he was traded to the
Yankees in 1975. He immediately became starting second baseman
where he played that position in more games than other player
in Yankees’ history.
In his 13 years as second baseman for the Yankees, the team
was in the playoffs five times and won World Championships
twice. A team captain, he had his best year as a Yankee in
1987 when he hit .305 with 67 RBI and 96 runs scored. Randolph
ranks among the all-time Yankee leaders in games played (1,694),
runs (1,027), hits (1,731) and stolen bases (251).
In his 18-year career as a player, Randolph appeared in
47 playoff games in 17 years. He was named to All-Star Teams
six times. He was a career .276 hitter with 316 doubles,
54 home runs, 687 RBI and 1,239 runs scored. He frequently
led the League in putouts, double plays and assists.
During the 1993 season, Willie Randolph served as Assistant
General Manager of the Yankees. As a coach of the Yankees
from 1994 to 2004, his team qualified for the playoffs for
ten straight years (1995 – 2004). The Yankees won World
Championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Beginning with
the 2005 season, Randolph was named Manager of the New York
Mets. In his first year, the Mets achieved an 83 – 79
won/lost record, the first time the franchise has finished
over .500 since 2001.
In 2006, the Mets attained the National League East Division
Championship winning 97 games, a record that was the best
in the National League. After leading his team to its first
Division title since 1988, Willie Randolph finished second
in balloting for the 2006 National League Manager of the
- Willie Larry
Randolph was named the 18th manager of
the New York Mets on November 4, 2004.
- Compiled an 83-79
record in his first year as a manager.
- The last two
rookie managers to finish with a winning
record after inheriting a team that was
at least 20 games below .500 the previous
year were Mike Scioscia (2000) and Davey
Johnson (1984) - each went on to win
the World Series two years later...The
Mets were 71-91 in 2004.
- Became the first
manager in major league history to lose
the first five or more games of his career
and then immediately follow that with
a winning streak to get back to or above
- Was a coach with
the New York Yankees for 11 years from
1994-2004...For the first 10 years, he
was the Yankees' third base coach and
was the bench coach for manager Joe Torre
- Was an Assistant
General Manager with the Yankees in 1993.
- His 18-year major
league career came to a close when he
played in 90 games for the Mets in 1992.
- Is the ninth
manager in franchise history who also
played with the Mets...The others are:
Gil Hodges, Yogi Berra, Roy McMillan,
Joe Torre, Bud Harrelson, Mike Cubbage,
Dallas Green and Bobby Valentine.
- Along with Ron
Guidry, he was named the Yankee co-captain
on March 4, 1986.
- Played more games
at second base (1,688) than any other
player in Yankees' history...Also, has
played the sixth most career major league
games at second base (2,152) and turned
the third most double plays in baseball
history (1,547) among second basemen.
- Ranks among All-Time
Yankee leaders in games (1,694), at-bats
(6,303), runs (1,027), hits (1,731),
doubles (249), triples (58) and stolen
- Has 17 years
of playoff experience...As a player,
he went to the post-season in 1975 with
the Pirates; 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 and
1981 with the Yankees and in 1990 with
Oakland...Also was part of the Bronx
Bombers coaching staff that qualified
for the playoffs 10 straight years (1995-2004).
- Won two World
Championships as a player (1977 and 1978)
and four more as a coach (1996, 1998,
1999 and 2000).
- Established a
World Series record for walks in a six-game
series with nine base-on-balls in 1981...Never
committed an error in 46 career post-season
games (209 total chances) at second base.
- Appeared in 47
post-season games during his career.
- Was a career
.276 hitter with 316 doubles, 54 home
runs, 687 RBI and 1,239 runs in his career
with the Pirates, Yankees, Dodgers, A's,
Brewers and Mets.
- In 1989, Willie
was named the Dodgers' Most Valuable
Player by the Anaheim Chapter of the
- Had his best
year in 1987, when he hit .305 with 67
RBI and 96 runs scored for the Yankees.
- Compiled a career-best
.327 batting average in 1991 with Milwaukee,
finishing third in the American League
- Led AL second
basemen in putouts (355), assists (478)
and double plays (128) in 1979 and led
the AL in walks (119) in 1980.
- In 1976, he became
the first rookie to be placed on the
- Hit .286 in five
All-Star appearances...Named to the American
League team in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981
and 1987 and the National League squad
- Established an
All-Star Game record for most assists
(six) by a second baseman in a nine-inning
game in 1977.
- In addition,
Randolph has been part of the American
League coaching squad for All-Star Games
in 1995, 1997, 1999-2002.
- Traded to the
Yankees with Ken Brett and Dock Ellis
from Pittsburgh for Doc Medich on December
- Traded to the
Oakland A's for Stan Javier on May 13,
- Invited to spring
training as a non-roster player by the
Milwaukee Brewers on February 18, 1991.
- Signed as a free
agent by the Mets on December 20, 1991.
- Was born in Holly
Hill, SC but his family moved to the
Brownsville section of Brooklyn when
he was a child.
- Graduated from
Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn
before Pittsburgh selected him in the
seventh round of the 1972 amateur draft.
- His brother Terry
was the 11th round pick of the Green
Bay Packers in 1977 and also played for
the New York Jets.
- Honored by the
March of Dimes on November 30, 2005...Received
the Sportsman of the Year award.
- Brooklyn Borough
President Marty Markowitz declared Willie
Randolph Day in Brooklyn on June 9, 2005.
- Received the
Leadership Award from 100 Black Men at
its 26th Annual Benefit Gala on November
10, 2005 at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.
Reprinted with permission
from the New York Mets
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