Ashburn, Richie

Don Richard Ashburn
Born: March 19, 1927, Tilden, Nebraska
Died: September 9, 1997, New York, New York
Played For: 
Philadelphia Phillies (1948-1959), Chicago Cubs (1960-1961), New York Mets (1962)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1995

Among the most consistent leadoff hitters in Major League history, Richie Ashburn was a solid center fielder and clutch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies. Ashburn hit over .300 during nine of his 15 seasons, twice capturing the National League batting title, and he concluded his career with a .308 lifetime average. The five-time All-Star selection quickly moved to the broadcast booth following his playing days and called Phillies games for more than three decades.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Richie Ashburn was the only rookie elected to the 1948 All-Star Game?
To cure a batting slump, I took my bat to bed with me. I wanted to know my bat a little better.