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Pete Richert

Pete Richert
Born: (1939-10-29) October 29, 1939 (age 76)
Floral Park, New York
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 12, 1962 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 2, 1974 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 80–73
Earned run average 3.19
Strikeouts 925
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Career highlights and awards

Peter Gerard Richert (born October 29, 1939 in Floral Park, New York) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1962–64, 1972–73), Washington Senators (1965–67), Baltimore Orioles (1967–71), St. Louis Cardinals (1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1974).

In his Major league debut on April 12,

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After the

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After going 2–6 to start the

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Richert pitched on an Oriole team that played in three consecutive World Series from

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During a 13-year baseball career, he compiled 80 wins, 925 strikeouts, and a 3.19 earned run average.

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