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Iconic Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard dies at 71

9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Friday, August 06 2021 Aug 6, 2021 August 06, 2021 4:18 AM August 06, 2021 in News
Source: CNN
J.R. Richard

The Major League Baseball community is mourning the loss of a legendary pitcher Friday morning.

According to CNN, Former Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard passed away Thursday at the age of 71.

The team released an announcement regarding his death Thursday, saying,"Today is a sad day for the Houston Astros as we mourn the loss of one of our franchise icons."

Richard's 10-year career earned him a spot as a member of the Major League Baseball club's Hall of Fame.

The star athlete's career on the field was cut short by a stroke in July 1980.

"J.R. will forever be remembered as an intimidating figure on the mound and as one of the greatest pitchers in club history. He stood shoulder to shoulder with club icons Larry Dierker, Joe Niekro and Nolan Ryan, to form a few of the best rotations in club history," the team said. "Sadly, his playing career was cut short by health issues, but his 10 years in an Astros uniform stand out as a decade of excellence."

Richard was selected second overall by the Astros in the Major League Baseball Draft of 1969. He was known for his 100-mph fastball and had a career win-loss record of 107-71; his 3.15 career ERA is tied for second on the Astros all-time list.

According to the Astros, Richard is survived by his wife, Lula.

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