The Richie Ashburn Story. Joe Archibal.

The Richie Ashburn Story

Julian Messner, Inc, 1962. Second printing. Hardcover. Hardcover. Second Printing. 185 pages, with index. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Hardcover. 192 pp. with index, career statistics through 1959. Second printing. Very good. No dust jacket. One of the more difficult of the avidly sought Messner baseball biographies, the story of Richie Ashburn. Ashburn’s career began with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1948 (after three years with Utica in the Eastern League). Known for his speed and his ability to slap the ball to all fields, the centerfielder was the sparkplug of the famous “Whiz Kids” Phillies team that won the 1950 National League pennant. After 11 seasons with the Phils, he played for the Chicago Cubs in 1960 and 1961 and in 1962 played a final season as an original member of the newborn New York Mets, leading all of their regulars with a .304 batting average. One of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia history, he was a broadcaster for the team for 35 years beginning in 1963. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 and died in 1997. Near Fine. Item #E24291

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