Richie Ashburn spent most of his fifteen-year career as the leadoff man for the Philadelphia Phillies and late in his career spent a short time with the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets. His inaugural season came in 1948 for the Phillies, when he became the only rookie to be elected to the All-Star game that year, and would go on to play in five more All-Star games over the course of his career. Ashburn led the league in hits three times and was the National League batting champion in 1955 and 1958. The consistent center fielder finished off his career with a .308 batting average, 2,574 hits, and 586 RBIs. After the end of his playing career, Richie Ashburn became a commentator for the Phillies for more than thirty seasons and had his number ‘1’ retired in 1979 by the Phillies
–Michael Rinehart, Jr.
September 10, 2010