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Sunday, April 8, 2018
TTM Success - J. R. Richard
Richard (b. 1950) played in the majors from 1971 to 1980 for the Astros. For a brief period of time, he was one of the best pitchers in the game, then, just like that, his career was over. On June 30, 1980, Richard collapsed on the field while he was playing catch. He was rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was performed to remove a blood clot in his neck. Richard tried to make it back to the majors for several years, but the stroke caused too much damage.
Following his playing career, Richard had numerous failed business deals, and was twice divorced. He was left homeless in 1994. He wound up finding Christ and became a Christian minister, thus turning his life around.
In his career, Richard had a record of 107-71 with an ERA of 3.15 and 1,493 strike outs. He finished a best of 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting (1979) and was an All Star once in his career (1980). He was the NL ERA leader in 1979 and won 20 games in 1976.
I mailed to Richard on March 3, and got the cards back on March 12, for a 9-day TAT.