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October 2 – Happy Birthday Andre Robertson

The sky was supposed to be the limit for Andre when he first joined the Yankees in 1981. He had good speed, a decent bat and was a great fielder. Some Big Apple sports pundits were calling him the next Rizzuto. By the summer of 1983 he appeared to be coming into his own. He had officially taken over the starting shortstop position from the veteran Roy Smalley and seemed to be growing more comfortable and confident in both the field and batters box with each game he played.

Then after a thirteen-inning August night-game loss to the White Sox, Robertson went home to his Fort Lee, NJ apartment and called a lady friend who happened to be visiting from Robertson’s home state of Texas. Neither could sleep so they decided to meet and go dancing at Studio 54 and then take pictures of the Statue of Liberty. It was on their way to lower Manhattan on the West Side highway that Robertson crashed his car. He broke his neck and his friend sustained injuries that have paralyzed her for life. Although Robertson’s neck healed, the tragedy derailed his baseball career and by 1985 he was out of the game for good. Robertson was born in Orange, TX. He is 53 years-old today.

Andre shares his October 2nd birthday with this former Yankee pitcheranother former Yankee shortstop and this other former Yankee pitcher.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1981 NYY 10 19 19 1 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .263 .263 .316 .579
1982 NYY 44 128 118 16 26 5 0 2 9 0 8 19 .220 .270 .314 .583
1983 NYY 98 343 322 37 80 16 3 1 22 2 8 54 .248 .271 .326 .597
1984 NYY 52 152 140 10 30 5 1 0 6 0 4 20 .214 .236 .264 .500
1985 NYY 50 136 125 16 41 5 0 2 17 1 6 24 .328 .358 .416 .774
5 Yrs 254 778 724 80 182 32 4 5 54 4 26 120 .251 .279 .327 .607
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/2/2013.