6. Richie Ashburn
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 19, 1927 in Tilden, NE USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 20, 1948
  • Final Game: September 30, 1962
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A farm boy from Nebraska to Baseball Hall of Fame is quite the story for Richie Ashburn, the popular Centerfielder who spent 12 of his 15 seasons with the Phillies.

Ashburn was the team’s leadoff hitter for the “Whiz Kids” team and he did everything you want for someone who bats first.  He got on base a lot both from a great Batting Average and solid plate discipline, which saw an excellent On Base Percentage.  Three times, Ashburn led the NL in Hits and he was a two-time Batting Champion, going over the .300 mark eight times.  Three times as a Phillie he was a league leader in OBP and how can any fan of the Phillies not be happy with his career numbers with the team of .311 and .394 in BA and OBP respectively?

The five-time All-Star (four with Philadelphia) had great speed in the Outfield and on the base paths.  He was also a league leader in Stolen Bases in his rookie season and was a two-time leader in Triples.  Ashburn would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 through the Veteran’s Committee (though arguably should have been inducted much sooner) and he cemented his legacy in Philadelphia long after his on-field career ended, as he was a popular broadcaster for the team for decades afterward.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Philadelphia Quakers (Tri-State League) 5/21/88.
  • Departed: Jumped to the Cleveland Infants of the Players League before the 1890 Season.
  • Games Played: 1794
  • Notable Statistics: 1,114 Runs Scored
    2,217 Hits
    287 Doubles
    97 Triples
    22 Home Runs
    499 RBI
    199 Stolen Bases
    .311/.394/.388 Slash Line
    58.2 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star (1948, 1951, 1953 & 1958)

    Highest Batting Average (1955 & 1958)

    Highest On Base Percentage (1954, 1955 & 1958)

    Most At Bats (1949)

    Most Plate Appearances (1952, 1956, 1957 & 1958)

    Most Hits (1951, 1953 & 1958)

    Most Triples (1950 & 1958)

    Most Walks (1954, 1957 & 1958)

    Most Stolen Bases (1948)

    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957 & 1958)

    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (1949, 1952, 1953 & 1957)

    Most Total Zone Runs by a Centerfielder (1953, 1956 & 1957)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957 & 1958)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1950 & 1953)
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