I am a little bit amazed that I have really not given a lot of ink to Richie Ashburn on the Phungo Pages. Although his playing career was long over before I was born, Ashburn was a large part of the Phillies experience for any fan of my generation. He was the color analyst for Harry Kalas from the time I started watching the game until his death in 1997.
Despite ranking up more hits then any other player during the decade of the 1950s and 2574 for his career Richie Ashburn was dropped from the Hall of Fame ballot in 1982. Eventually he would enter the Hall in 1995 as a selection of the Veterans committee. Ashburn led the National League in Batting average twice (1955,1958) and OBP 4 times (54, 55, 58, 60). He was a 6 time all star selection and was a member of the 1950 Whiz Kids. His #1 is one of 5 numbers retired by the Phillies.
1952 Topps #216 Richie Ashburn (b-Side)
For the Collector
This is the 2nd Topps card issued of Richie Ashburn. A recent ebay auction of a rough conditioned 52 Topps Ashburn finished at $9.62. The Hi auction for a slabbed PSA 9 Mint card was $1710.32. 6 auctions of cards in pretty good condition concluded between $26 and $43.
The above '52 Topps Ashburn was procured for the Phungo collection off an ebay auction for $18.97 in July of 2009.
1950 Bowman #84
1952 Topps #216
1959 Topps #317 (with Willie Mays)
2009 Phungo #1
1955 Topps Cards that never were (link to Bob Lemke Custom Card)