Phillies deal Ashburn to Cubs
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Turned out, what he did – compile a .308 lifetime average, win two National League batting crowns, finish runner-up twice, run down more than 6,000 fly balls, get more hits than anyone else in the star-studded decade of the ‘50s – was enough. He was the definitive leadoff man of his era. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995.
“What I did, I did pretty good,” he said.
Ashburn passed away on Sept. 9, 1997.
Jonathan Coe was the fall 2011 Public Relations intern for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum