In his first major league appearance, with the Dodgers on April 12, 1962, Richert fanned the first six men he faced – four in one inning – to tie three ML records. Four years later, he fanned seven batters in a row (4/24/66). Primarily a starter his first six seasons, he came into his own as a relief specialist with Baltimore. Well-suited as a closer, he was calm and aggressive, and had a blistering fastball and sharp slider. He recorded ERAs of 2.60 or less five times; in 1970, when he was 7-2 with 13 saves, his ERA was 1.96.