Former Astros, Giants GM Spec Richardson dies at 93

Houston Astros logo shines off sleeve of a player. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants general manager H.B. "Spec" Richardson has died at the age of 93.

The Muscogee County coroner's office confirmed Richardson died at his home in Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday due to natural causes.

Richardson was general manager of the Astros from 1967-75 and was the Giants' GM from 1976-80.

Richardson is remembered for several major trades. In 1971 he traded Joe Morgan, Denis Menke, Jack Billingham and Cesar Geronimo to Cincinnati in exchange for a package of players that included first baseman Lee May. Morgan, Billingham and Geronimo became key players on the Reds' championship teams.

While with the Giants in 1978, the year he was named MLB's executive of the year, he acquired pitcher Vida Blue from Oakland for seven players and cash.

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