J. R. Richard : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Career

J. R. Richard was an American professional baseball starting pitcher know all about him in this article as like his Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Career

J. R. Richard : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Career
J. R. Richard
  Bio
Name J. R. Richard
Birthdate ( Age) 7 March 1950
Place of Birth Vienna, Louisiana, United States
Died 4 August 2021
Nationality American 
Marital Status  Divorced
Wife/Partner Lula Richard
Children Not KNown
Parents Lizzie RichardClayton Richard
Profession  American professional baseball starting pitcher
Net Worth $2 million - $5 million
Last Update August 2021

James Rodney Richard  was an American professional baseball starting pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros from 1971 to 1980.After graduating from high school, Richard was selected by the Astros as the second overall pick in the first round of the 1969 amateur draft.

From the time he made his major league debut with the Astros in 1971 until 1975, Richard had a limited role as an Astros pitcher, throwing no more than 72 innings in a season.In 1975, Richard played his first full season in the majors as a starting pitcher.

Early Life and Family

Richard was born to Clayton and Lizzie (née Frost) Richard in Vienna, Louisiana,and gained prominence in both baseball and basketball at historically black and since closed Lincoln High School in nearby Ruston.By the time he was a high school senior, Richard stood 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall and weighed 220 pounds (99.8 kg; 15.7 st).That year, he was one of the starting pitchers for Lincoln High School and did not concede a run for the entire season.

Upon graduation from high school, he turned down more than 200 basketball scholarship offers to sign with the Houston Astros.The Astros would later select him with the second overall pick in the 1969 amateur baseball draft, behind the Washington Senators' selection of outfielder Jeff Burroughs.

JR Richard Wife

JR Richard was divorced twice and his divorce settlements drained his savings, rendering him homeless in Houston in 1994-95. He then turned his life around and eventually got married again to Lula Richard.There is not much information available on social media about his personal life.

JR Richard Net Worth

James Rodney Richard  was an American professional baseball starting pitcher who has an estimated Net Worth of $2 million - $5 million in 2021.

Professional Career

Richard entered Major League Baseball with the Astros in 1971 as a September call-up. On September 5, Richard made his major league debut at just 21 years of age, in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants.Richard used his fastball–slider combination to pick up the win and tied Karl Spooner's 17-year-old major league record for striking out 15 batters in his first major league start.Richard was charged with two earned runs and seven hits in the 5–3 Astros win but struck out Willie Mays and Dick Dietz three times.

During the next few seasons, Richard split time between the minors and majors and did not become a regular starter with the Astros until 1975. After his "cup of coffee" with the Astros in 1971, Richard was sent back down to Class-AAA baseball to work on his pitching with the Oklahoma City 89ers for the 1972 season. He started 19 games with the 89ers before being called back up to the Astros. In Triple-A baseball in the American Association, Richard finished with 10 wins and eight losses in 128 innings of work.

Richard began the 1977 season on a high note with a nine-inning, seven-strikeout performance on April 8 against the Braves. He pitched seven complete game victories in the first half of the season.By the All-Star break, Richard had nine wins and six losses in over 160 innings of work, accompanied by 119 strikeouts and a 2.69 ERA.[52] Although Richard struggled through July and early August, he did manage to pitch three complete games (including two shutouts) in five starts from August 27 to September 17.He had 11 and 10 strikeouts respectively in the final two starts of that roughly 20-day span.

Richard entered the 1978 season as the Astros' Opening Day starter. In the first game of the season, he gave up seven runs on 11 hits and just made it into the fifth inning before being replaced in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds.He recovered from the loss by pitching a complete game two-hit shutout in his next outing against the Dodgers.In an eight-start period from April 26 to June 4, Richard threw six complete games, including two back-to-back shutouts, and lowered his ERA from 4.15 to 3.05. He struck out 67 and gave up only 39 hits in the 63 total innings he pitched. 

On a June 9 start against the Cardinals, Richard struck out 12 batters but also walked six and gave up five earned runs.By the end of the first half of the season Richard had pitched back-to-back games with nine and 12 strikeout performances, against the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively.At the All-Star break, he had an 8–9 record with a 3.49 ERA but also had 157 strikeouts in 139 innings of work.

After his professional baseball career ended, Richard returned to Louisiana and invested in some business ventures. He fell prey to an oil business scam, losing over $300,000 in the deal.In 1989, Richard was drafted into the Senior Professional Baseball Association and played for the Orlando Juice but was cut from the team in preseason play.By the winter of 1994, Richard was homeless and destitute and lived under a highway overpass in Houston.

By 1995, Richard was eligible for his pension from Major League Baseball. He played in the Old-Timers' Day game with the Astros in the same year. In the following months, after spending many nights under the overpass Highway 59 at Beechnut Road in Houston, he turned to the Now Testament Church and sought help from its minister, Reverend Floyd Lewis. Richard overcame his homelessness by working with this minister, with a belief that he "always knew God was on his side".Richard started working at an asphalt company and later returned to the church as a minister.