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Don Richard Ashburn

Richie Ashburn was a durable, hustling leadoff hitter and clutch performer with superb knowledge of the strike zone. A fan favorite, "Whitey" batted .308 with nine .300-plus seasons and 2,574 hits in 15 years, winning batting championships in 1955 and 1958. A core player for the 1950 Whiz Kids, the center fielder established major league records for most times leading the league in chances (nine), most years with 500 or more putouts (four) and most seasons with 400 or more putouts (nine). Ashburn spent 35 years broadcasting Phillies games after his playing days, many of them with legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas.



Hall of Fame 1995
Nickname
: Richie or Whitey

Born: March 19, 1927 Tilden, NE
Died: September 9, 1997, New York, NY
Bats: left Throws: right

Outfielder 1948 - 1962
Philadelphia, Phillies (N) 1948-1959
Chicago, Cubs(N) 1960-1961
New York, Mets(N) 1962

All-Star Game
1948, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1962
World Series
1950

Elected to Hall of Fame by Committee on Baseball Veterans: 1995