1927 – Born in Tilden, Nebraska on the 19th of March.
1948 – Ashburn spent 12 of his 15 major-league seasons as the Phillies’ center fielder, during which he led the National League twice in batting average and routinely led the league in fielding percentage.
1950 – He threw Dodgers’ runner Cal Abrams out at home plate to preserve a 1-1 tie and set the stage for Dick Sisler’s home run to clinch the pennant.
1957 – On the 17th of August, Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose.
1961 – He was traded to the Chicago Cubs for three players, and anchored center field for the North Siders.
1962 – Ashburn was drafted by the expansion New York Mets.
1963 – Ashburn became a radio and TV color commentator for his original big-league team, the Phillies.
1995 – Ashburn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Hall’s Veterans Committee and was inducted in the same ceremony with Phillies great Mike Schmidt.
1997 – Died on the 9th of September.