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Nice Guys Do Finish First: 
Congratulations -- Willie Randolph

It has been a long time coming but Willie Randolph, once the pride of Tilden High School in Brooklyn where I taught many seasons ago, has finally gotten what he deserves - - a major league managing position. But the Mets? And Queens?

Randolph was with his family when he learned that he had been picked.
"We just did cartwheels," the former Yankee said. "We've been waiting a while for this opportunity and it's finally here."

His major league debut was with Pittsburgh on July 29, 1975, but it is as a Yankee that Willie Randolph made his mark. He came to New York in a trade that year with the Pirates.
Playing 13 seasons as a Yankee and appearing in more games at second base than (1688) than any other player in franchise history, Randolph ranks second all time in Yankee history in stolen bases with 251. A  four time Yankee All Star, he helped five teams reach postseason play. Randolph was also a key member of two world champions.

Born in South Carolina, Randolph grew up in Brooklyn. The slight and serious athlete was "Mr. Consistency." His batting average was in the high .270s to the mid .290s. He averaged around 20 doubles a year and a .380 on base percentage. A steady, reliable, winning presence, Randolph was ready to play season after season as the Yankees went through 32 different shortstops in his time.

From March 4, 1986 to October 2, 1988, he was Yankee co-captain  along with Ron Guidry. He was the Yankees third base coach since October 1993. And now he leaves his post as bench coach and aide to Joe Torre for bigger challenges. Go get 'em Willie!

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Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

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