Lee Richard

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Lee Edward Richard
(Bee Bee)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lee Richard was a fastball pitcher in high school and was nicknamed "Bee Bee" by his teammates.

In the top of the 9th inning on September 7, 1974, third baseman Richard led off for the Chicago White Sox against the California Angels in Anaheim, CA. On the second pitch of his at-bat (he eventually walked), Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan threw a fastball "officially" clocked at 100.8 miles per hour. At the time it was believed to be the first time a 100+ m.p.h. was captured on a radar gun.

Richard was a very fast baserunner who could neither hit nor field. The White Sox tried him at shortstop, second base and in the outfield. His fielding was so erratic that Sox announcer Harry Caray called him "The Juggler."

Dick Williams said Richards might have been the fastest player of his time.

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