Born: October 29, 1939|
Floral Park, New York
|April 12, 1962 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
Last MLB appearance
|September 2, 1974 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||3.19|
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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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year by retiring 13 consecutive batters. Richert won the game in 31⁄3 innings of relief, giving up no hits or walks and striking out seven. That year, he went 5–4 as a spot starter in a rotation led by the future Hall-of-Fame duo of Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. In
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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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- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year. In 1969 he went 7–4 with 12 saves and a 2.20 ERA. The Orioles lost the World Series in surprising fashion to the New York Mets, and Richert was involved in a controversial play that ended Game Four. In the bottom of the tenth, with the game tied at 1–1, J. C. Martin laid down a bunt and was hit by Richert’s throw; the error allowed Rod Gaspar to score the winning run from second. Television replays later showed that Martin was running inside the baseline, which could have resulted in him being called out for interference.
- REDIRECT Template:Baseball year Richert went 7–2 with 13 saves and a 1.98 ERA. He was a member of the World Championship Orioles team that year, the Orioles defeating the Cincinnati Reds in five games. Richert saved Game One of that Series in relief of Jim Palmer.
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- List of Major League Baseball pitchers who have struck out four batters in one inning
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Pete Richert (managing & coaching history) – The Baseball Cube.
- "BASEBALL NOTES/ Giants Hire A's Richert As Fresno Pitching Coach," San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, November 25, 1999.