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Buddy's Blog: J.R. still standing tall as local legend

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Submitted photo- Former Houston Astros standout J.R. Richard (left) and former Lincoln Parish High coach Robert Smith (right) recently visited Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis at Princeton Place.

He could have chosen any one of three sports to excel in, but James Rodney Richard opted to choose ...

Well, all of them.

At least during his high school career, that is.

And after that, it was a no-brainer.

It was all about baseball then and J.R. went on to become one of the best pitchers in major league history, albeit a career tragically cut short by a heartbreaking mixture of health issues and injuries.

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