H.B. “Spec” Richardson dead at 93

COLUMBUS, Ga — Baseball Hall of Famer Harold “H.B. Spec” Richardson is dead Tuesday at 93-years-old.

Coroner Buddy Brian says Richardson was pronounced dead at 9:51 AM of natural causes.

“Spec” Richardson was a longtime baseball executive and Columbus native. Richardson began his career with the Columbus Cardinals in the South Atlantic League in 1946. He was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Houston Astros and was directly responsible for the construction of the Astrodome.

In 1976 he became the General Manager of the San Francisco Giants where he was named Major League “Executive of the Year” in 1978.

H.B. Spec Richardson was part on the SAL Class of 1994 Hall of Fame. Richardson retired from baseball over 25 years ago and he and his wife Tommye returned to Columbus.

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