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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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2008 Minority Veterans Holiday Reception

December 12, 2008

Celebrity guest is J.R. Richard, a former starting pitcher
with the Houston Astros.

WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE:   4th Floor Auditorium
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030

On Thursday, December 18, 2008, the Minority Veterans Program Committee at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center will host its 2008 Holiday Reception: Healing Power of the Heart.

Special guests at the reception will include the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s ‘Power to End Stroke.’

Celebrity guest will be J.R. Richard, a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career, from 1971 to 1980, with the Houston Astros. After leaving high school, Richard was selected by the Astros as the second pick in the first round of the 1969 amateur draft. From 1976 to 1979, he led the National League twice in strikeouts, once in earned run average, and three times in hits allowed per nine innings, winning at least 18 games each year. On July 30, 1980, Richard suffered a stroke and collapsed while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening blood clot in his neck. His condition put a sudden end to his major league career at the age of 30. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 remain an Astros franchise record, and he held the team's record for career strikeouts (1,493) until 1987.

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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