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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsWillie RandolphWillie Larry RandolphBorn: July 6, 1954 in Holly Hill, S.C.Debut: 1975 | Pos: 2BH: 5’11” | W: 166 | B: R | T: RYrGABRHHRRBISBBA18220280181239221054687271.276>> Visit theWillie Randolph biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.When the Yankees received Willie Randolph in a trade in 1975, they envisionedhim providing some stability at second base. Over the next 13 years, Randolphprovided a consistent offense player while the Yankees went through 32different shortstops.Randolph, born in Holly Hill, S.C., made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1975 season. In a 30-game stretch, Randolph collected 10 hits in 61 at-bats. His future, however, changed quickly in the trade that brought him to New York.With a chance at the starting job at second base, Randolph found the inspiration for a .267 average, 40 runs batted in and 37 stolen bases in his N.Y. debut.  The leadership of Randolph and others returns the New York Yankees to the World Series.The following season, in 1977, Randolph continued to provide his consistent performance at second and the Yankees returned to the series again. Randolph hit a disappointing .160 in the series, but the Yankees won.After another season of consistent play in 1978, Randolph was injured before the World Series. His fill-in, Brian Doyle, hit .438 to lead all hitters and help the Yankees win the series.One of his most productive seasons came in 1987 with the Yankees when he hit 7 home runs, drove in 67 runs and finished with a .305 average. He also stole 11 bases that season.Randolph played his last season with the Yankees in 1988.  After struggling with injuries during the season, he was not re-signed by New York. After New York, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1989-90), the Oakland Athletics (1990), the Milwaukee Brewers (1991) and the New York Mets (1992).The 1991 season was one of Randolph’s best overall. Randolph, playing for the Brewers, challenged batting title champion Julio Franco of the Rangers for most of the season. Franco finished with a .341 average and Randolph hit .327 for Milwaukee.In his career, Randolph appeared in the All-StarGame in 1976-77, 1980-81, 1987 and 1989. He appeared in 16 WorldSeries games and hit three home runs and drove in four runs. Afterhe retired from baseball, Randolph returned to the New York Yankees toserve as third-base coach.