Monday, July 20, 2015
#434 - Gene Richards
What a card: This is the last card of Gene Richards issued during his career. He was granted free agency at the end of the 1984 season and no one picked him up.
My observation on the front: That is an interesting elbow rest for Richards. I kind of don't want to know where the other end of the bat is.
More opinion from me: Don't tell anyone, but Richards was a favorite of mine as a kid. Loved the bearded black speedsters from the '70s, even guys like Richards who played for only detestable teams (Padres and Giants).
Something you might know: Richards set a rookie record in 1977 by stealing 56 bases during the season. The record was later surpassed by Juan Samuel and then Vince Coleman, whose 110 stolen bases in his rookie year looks pretty unbeatable right now.
Something you might not know: Richards played for South Carolina State where he was a teammate of future Angels and Royals player Willie Mays Aikens. South Carolina State dropped baseball the year after Richards was drafted by the Padres.
My observation on the back: I'll add a few more "false" responses. Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGwire (70, 65), Sammy Sosa (66, 64, 63), Ryan Howard (58) and Luis Gonzalez (57).
The blog wants to speak now: The News category is updated.