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Ashburn, Richie (Don)

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Born: 1927 AD
Died: 1997 AD, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player

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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.


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