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Gene Richards, an outfielder, became one of the first stars of the young San 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 Mumphrey gave the Padres the first team in the history of baseball with three players to 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's history until Tony Gwynn started playing with the franchise.