|Year of Induction||1995|
|Teams||Cubs, Mets, Phillies|
|Positions||Announcer, 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.
"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball…"
~Jacques Barzun, 1954
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
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 !
Rose, Bonds, Clemens have been left out for a different reason. Comparing apples and oranges.
Ashburn went out with a bang, hitting .306 for the hapless Mets in 1962. That stood as the club record until the miracle year of 1969.