Dave Richards (Fred Dryer) was an old team-mate of Sam's and sports reporter on television. He first appeared in the first season, in which he offered to interview Sam for his 'Where are they now?' show. However, Carla later learned that he only chose Sam to interview because none of the other big-shot baseball players were available. He reappeared in the second season, wanting to go womanizing with Sam. However, after learning that he was dating Diane, he tried to break them up. He was briefly heard in the third season on the radio, and finally reappeared in the sixth season, offering Sam a temporary job on his sports report show.