Richie Ashburn

Richie Ashburn
Birthdate 3/19/1927
Death Date 9/9/1997
Debut Year 1948
Year of Induction 1995
Teams Cubs, Mets, Phillies
Position Center Field

Richie Ashburn was a two-time batting champion and six-time All Star who finished with 2,574 hits and a .308 lifetime average.

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Richie Ashburn played a dozen season for the Phillies then announced for them for 34 more years

Richie Ashburn played a dozen season for the Phillies then announced for them for 34 more years

Richie Ashburn was a Phillie through and through. Signed by the team as an 18-year old in 1945, Ashburn made the big leagues three years later. His stellar rookie year included an all-star appearance and a league-leading 32 stolen bases. Ashburn spent a dozen years
Richie Ashburn was one of the best players in baseball during the 1950s

Richie Ashburn was one of the best players in baseball during the 1950s

Shown here is a 1951 Bowman baseball card autographed by Richie Ashburn. Though that season was a major disappointment for the Phils, it was no fault of Ashburn’s. An all star for the second time, Ashburn led led the National League with a career-high 221 hits while his .344 average was second
Leadoff man Ashburn was a two-time batting champ with a .396 career on-base perentage

Leadoff man Ashburn was a two-time batting champ with a .396 career on-base perentage

As the leadoff man for the ’57 Phillies, Ashburn led the National League in games, at bats, and walks. The center fielder is shown here squaring to bunt in his autographed Topps card from that season. The following year, Ashburn was the league’s batting champion when he career-high .350.

3 responses to “Richie Ashburn”

  1. john w edge says:

    fastest man in baseball & the best centerfielder in the majors during the 1950’s . not a homerun hitter but had more base hits than anyone (thats right ) anyone in the 1950’s

  2. paul paquin says:

    i feel anyone who collects over 2500 lifetime hits and has a lifetime batting average of .300 or better deserves to be in the hall of fame ! Richie Ashburn,according to his stats was also a good defender and a stolen base ,leadoff type player ! most hits in the 1950’s as a player! so for an additional requirement of a 10 year period of dominance ,i see no reason not to include him in the hall of fame ! though as you can see the hall must get larger if all those previously ignored but deserving to be in get in !so if it where me i would grade players on levels ,each level would be a floor or section of the hall of fame ! but hitters must have 3 qualifying , batting average over .300,homers over 400,rbi over 1500, mvp’s,allstar games, triple crowns ,stolen bases,hits, defense!must obtain any three to be qualified !i would also admit Pete Rose, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens,Richie Ashburn,to just name a few !steroids to me was like other drugs in the time before steroids were developed !alcohol drinking was big in the days of old and still today !but they all used them to perform !this is my mindset !

  3. Joseph L Kaster says:

    Rose, Bonds, Clemens have been left out for a different reason. Comparing apples and oranges.

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