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.

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