September 11, 1997 |
I first heard the terrible news about Richie Ashburn right after I got to the office Tuesday when Jim Stefano, a product manager, walked through the door and told me. "I knew that you were acquainted with him and wondered if you knew," Jim said. I hadn't. His message was awful; another part of my boyhood had passed. The mortality checks are getting more frequent. As a kid, I grew up watching No. 1 lead off for the Whiz Kids and I gloried in his success and that of his hustling, young teammates (even if that group helped drive my beloved A's out of town)
July 9, 1995 |
To an entire generation of Phillies fans, Richie Ashburn is the folksy, story-telling announcer with the dry wit and Nebraska farm-boy charm who spends parts of each game offering birthday wishes to fans. He's the pipe- smoking, grandfatherly type who always seems to have a delightfully understated I-remember-when story for whatever baseball situation he is describing. To another generation of Phillies fans, those born before the Eisenhower Administration, Ashburn is simply "Whitey" - the fleet centerfielder who led the National League in putouts nine times, who won two batting titles - and finished second three times - and who made foul-ball hitting an art, the man who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30. And to the person who is perhaps closer to him than anyone else, Ashburn is still the little boy who used to play baseball in his pajamas.
June 1, 2000 |
Jack Ashburn, grandson of late Phillies player and broadcaster Richie Ashburn, takes some swings as his dad, John Ashburn, looks on at the third annual Richie Ashburn Memorial Home Runs for Heart, a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association. The event, which continues at 9 a.m. today, is expected to draw more than 160 participants to Veterans Stadium.
September 5, 2012
JIMMY ROLLINS' three-run homer in the fifth inning was his 1,999th career hit. With his next hit, Rollins will join a trio of players who collected their 2,000th hit as a Phillie. All three are in the Hall of Fame. Mike Schmidt is the team's all-time hit king, with 2,234. Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207) are second and third, respectively, according to the Phillies. When Rollins reaches 2,000, he will be the 30th switch- hitter in major league history to do so, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
September 10, 1997 |
Richie Ashburn was part of my childhood. Summertimes during the '50s I would walk 15 blocks from my home to Connie Mack Stadium to watch Ashburn and those Whiz Kids play. Ashburn was the symbol of those 1950 National League pennant-winning Phillies: young, innocent and not the least bit intimidated. He could hit with the precision of a mathematician, run like a champion sprinter, scent the length and direction of any fly ball, turn and, always, it seemed, arrive at its final destination.
September 12, 1997 |
Pitcher Terry Mulholland stood in front of his locker, removing a snappy bow tie and staring across the San Francisco Giants' clubhouse. In a moment, he would begin sharing his thoughts about Richie Ashburn, but first he wanted to think and reflect and make sure he would say what he really wanted to say, had he been given a couple of hours. Mulholland did not merely associate with Ashburn during two tours of duty with the Phillies, from 1989 to '93, then for much of the '96 season.
September 10, 1997 |
"He was one of the last great sportsmen. He was not greedy, like many athletes now. He always stressed that baseball was a kid's game. His passion for the game and his personality made him great. " - Jose Burgose, East Oak Lane A generation of Philadelphia baseball fans has lost its voice, if not its soul. Every baby boomer who grew up in this blue-collar town when baseball was the undisputed national pastime learned The Game from Richie Ashburn. Their fathers taught them the rules, but Whitey taught them how it was played.
March 8, 1995 |
Jim Donahue spent a lot of his childhood and adolescence at old Connie Mack Stadium, watching Richie Ashburn roam centerfield and talking life and baseball with his dad in scenes that might only still exist in movies. The loving, living memories of those scenes are a big reason why Donahue worked tirelessly and collected 150,000 signatures since 1991, when Ashburn's name was bounced from Hall of Fame consideration - even printing bumper stickers with the now-famous "Richie Ashburn . . . . WHY THE HALL NOT?"
May 13, 2012 |
As was the case with his late and well-known father, Richard Ashburn Jr.'s love for baseball runs deep. The Hall of Famer's eldest son, rarely straying from the game that grabbed his attention when he was a youngster, is a full-time hitting instructor and second-year head coach at Pottsgrove High. "I'm certain that a lot of it came from following my dad everywhere and being around the Phillies a lot," said Ashburn, who was a bat boy and clubhouse attendant for the club during his father's days as a broadcaster.
September 11, 2014 |
The broadcasting duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn is arguably the most popular in Philadelphia sports history. Now you can help the late Ashburn, a Hall of Fame player with the Phillies, receive the most prestigious broadcasting award in baseball. Ashburn is among the 42 candidates eligible to receive the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Beginning this week through Sept. 30, fans can help Ashburn's case by voting on the museum's Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/baseballhall )