Jeff Richards (November 1, 1924-July 28, 1989), was an American minor league baseball player with the Portland Beavers, who later became an actor. He was sometimes credited as Dick Taylor and Richard Taylor. He was born Richard Mansfield Taylor in Portland, Oregon. Taylor joined the United States Navy during World War Two and served until 1946. After the war was over, Richard Taylor played short stop for the Portland Beavers for a year and then for the Salem Senators, however his baseball career ended after he tore his ligament and was unable to play anymore. He then went to Hollywood to pursue a film career. He got a screen test at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and the studio changed his name to Jeff Richards.
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