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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsGeneRichardsEugene RichardsBorn:September 29, 1953 in Monticello, S.C.Debut: 1977 | Pos: OFH: 6′ | W: 175 | B: L | T: LYRGABRHHRRBISBBA810263549502102826255247.290 >> Visit theGene Richards biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics. Gene Richards, an outfielder, became one of the first stars of the youngSan Diego Padres franchise when he stole 56 bases in his rookie season.In 1977, Richards hit .290 with 5 HR and 32 RBI. On July 26 of that season he had six hits in seven at-bats in a 15-inning game.In 1980, Richards hit .301 with 4 HR, 41 RBI and stole 61 bases. Richards’61 stolen bases added to the 57 of Ozzie Smith and the 52 of Jerry Mumphreygave the Padres the first team in the history of baseball with three playersto steal more than 50 bases in a season.Richards hit .288 with 3 HR and 42 RBI in 1981 and tied Houston’s Craig Reynolds for the National League lead in triples with 12.Gene Richards’ .291 career average as a Padre was the highest in the organization’shistory until Tony Gwynn started playing with the franchise.