Harry's favorite Whitey story

Posted: April 14, 2009

Harry's relationship with Rich Ashburn was magical. In many ways, his life changed forever after Whitey died in his room at the Grand Hyatt at 42nd and Lexington in New York on Sept. 9, 1997, only hours after working a game at Shea Stadium.

The years they were together were special. The laughs they shared were countless.

Here's one of Harry's favorite Ashburn memories:

"One of Whitey's responsibilities when he was broadcasting for the Phillies was doing the pregame show, taping an interview with an opposing manager or player or coach. He'd take his tape recorder down to the clubhouse and get an interview and he'd come back up. He'd say, 'Boys, that might be the best interview I ever had.' He'd hand the tape machine to the technician and the tech would say, 'Whitey, there's nothing on here.' I mean, if this happened once, it happened 50 times.

"And Richie would then have to scramble out of the booth, go find the first warm body and try to do an interview for the pregame show.

"So one night, we're sitting in a hotel bar in New York and a blond hooker came walking up to us. She said, 'Boys, I'll do anything you want for a hundred dollars.' Whitey thought for a while and said, 'How about the pregame show?' " *

- Paul Hagen

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