Richie is in my opinion one of the most talented one hole players in this country. I go back to the 60's so Im making a bold statement. He started playing Efren way back in the old days. He learned from guys like Conneticut Johnny Vivas one of the top players in that era.Is he really from CT? And if so did he learn to play in CT? I am from CT and have never even heard any one even mention his name.
I can't believe he has not played in almost 2 years. He was definitely the best or close to the best in California when he played regularly. I would rank him as one of the greatest movers in the game. If he could shoot like he could move he would be one of the top players in the world.Rich just texted me and said he is itching to play again. He took some time off to get his business back on track. Should be seeing him soon.
I've known him for 20 years and he has been in Los Angeles for all of that time. He has gone to see family in Ct. a few times during that period.Does anyone know when he left CT? I've been around the scene for about 20 years here and never even heard anyone mention his name. The first time I heard of him was reading either WOP or SM&S where there is an excerpt about him playing Efren.
Along with the videos mentioned there is one of him playing John Schmidt where he brings Schmidt to his knees.
I don't know what the prerequisite for nominating or voting for members of the Hall of Fame is because I am a new member, but if eligible I am going to vote for CT Richard.