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1972 Rookie Stars – Astros – 1972 Topps #101

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William Briley Greif (born April 25, 1950 in Fort Stockton, Texas), is a retired professional baseball player who was a Pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1971-1976. He would play for the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres. Greif graduated from John H. Reagan High School (Austin, Texas). He was traded from the Cardinals to the Montreal Expos after the 1976 season with Ángel Torres and Sam Mejías for Tony Scott, Steve Dunning and Pat Scanlon. The Expos did not re-sign him for the 1977 season.

James Rodney Richard (born March 7, 1950) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career, from 1971 to 1980, with the Houston Astros. On July 30, 1980, Richard suffered a stroke and collapsed while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening blood clot in his neck. His condition brought a sudden end to his major league career at the age of 30. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 remains an Astros franchise record, and he held the team’s record for career strikeouts (1,493) until 1987.

Ray Busse 1973 St. Louis Cardinals season


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