Cooperstown Chronicles – Richie Ashburn

Jun 13, 2008

Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

I decided to profile Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1995.

The Numbers
Played 1948-1962 (15 Years)
2189 Games
8365 At Bats
.308 Batting Average
.396 On-Base %  (72nd All-time)
2574 Hits (77th All-time)
1322 Runs
317 Doubles
109 Triples
29 HRs
586 RBI
1198 Walks (50th All-time)
234 SBs

Nine .300 Seasons
Two 100 Run Seasons
Three 200 Hit Seasons
Three 10 Triple Seasons

5 All-Star Game Appearances
MVP Votes in 8 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - 9 Times (Batting Crowns in 1955 & 1958)
On-Base % - 9 Times (Led league in ’54, ’55, ’58 & ’60)
OPS – Twice
Games - 10 Times (Led league in 1952 & 1957)
At Bats - 8 Times (Led league in 1949)
Runs – 7 Times
Hits – 9 Times (Led league in 1951, 1953 & 1958)
Doubles – 3 Times
Triples – 8 Times (Led league in 1950 & 1958)
Total Bases – Once
Walks - 8 Times (Led league in ’54, ’57, ’58 & ’60)
Stolen Bases – 12 Times (Led league in 1948)
Hit by Pitch – 3 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 32 (52) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 156 (78) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 41.2 (133) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 110.0 (130) (Likely HOFer > 100) 

When I see that Whitey had over 2500 Hits and better than a .300 Batting Average in his career, I wonder why he had to wait for the Veteran’s Committee to take his sport among the game’s best and brightest.  He was easily one of the best of his era as he led all batters with 1875 hits in the 1950′s.  Whitey was a key member of the Whiz Kids.  When his playing days were over he had a successful run in the Phillies’ broadcast booth.  It was an easy decision for the VC to make.  The Baseball Writers of America Association should be ashamed that they weren’t the ones to put him in.

Past Chronicles

Roberto Alomar
Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Jim Bunning*
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
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Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

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Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
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Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

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Wes Parker
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Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
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Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
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Mo Vaughn
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Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    He led the N.L.’s outfielders in putouts eight times(including,I be-
    lieve,four seasons of 500+ put-outs)but Ashburn was ignored for so long
    because he wasn’t a Yankee,Giant or Dodger,baseball’s three glamour
    clubs in the ’50′s.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Great point.

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