From his bed in Houston's Methodist Hospital, where he's recovering from his stroke, J.R. Richard sent a handwritten note to his Astro teammates last week saying he was looking forward to the club's being in the World Series this year, "even if I have to watch." Meanwhile, Richard was visited by Earl Campbell and Billy Johnson of the Oilers—and walked them to the elevator when the visit was over. Of Richard's condition, the Astro team physician, Dr. Harold Brelsford, had this to say:
"I'm going to keep him in the hospital three or four more weeks if I can. But I don't know what luck I'll have, because he'll want out soon. His speech is close to normal. He still has a weakness in his muscles. I asked him who was on base when Enos Cabell got the winning hit Friday night [in a 3-2 Astro victory over Chicago]. He [correctly] said it was Dave Bergman, and he was surprised Bergman pinch-hit. So he's certainly alert. He lost about 20 pounds but he's gained some of it back. Except for his facial weakness, you wouldn't know he had a stroke. I checked his legs today, and there's hardly any weakness in his left leg. He seemed in good spirits. You couldn't ask for better progress."