» August 13, 1923: Pirates OF Max Carey steals 2B, 3B, and home versus Brooklyn. He will again lead the NL with 51. Equally fleet in the field, he will garner 450 putouts and 28 assists. He is the only OF to top 400 putouts 6 times. Richie Ashburn will later do it 9 times.
» May 29, 1948: Richie Ashburn hits his 1st ML homer, a leadoff inside-the-park home run, off Thornton Lee's 3rd pitch. It runs Ashburn's hit streak to 18 games but it's the Phils only run, as the Giants win, 7–1. Bill Rigney leads off the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings with hits, while Sid Gordon adds a three-run homer in the 5th. Lee is a complete-game winner over another ex-American League hurler, Walt Dubiel.
» June 5, 1948:
Richie Ashburn of the Phillies hits safely in a 6-5 win at Chicago. It is his 23rd consecutive game starting May 9, a 20th-century NL record for a rookie (Jimmy Williams had streaks of 27 and 26 games in 1899). Alvin Dark will tie it this year and Mike Vail will match it in 1975.
» August 28, 1948: The Phils snap their 10-game losing streak with a pair of victories over the Pirates, 9–2 and 11–7. Del Ennis and Andy Seminick homer in the opener to back Schoolboy Rowe. Ennis hits pair in game two, Seminick adds another, as do Eddie Miller, Granny Hamner --his first of the year -- and Al Lakeman. But the Phils lose star Richie Ashburn, who breaks a finger on his left hand.
» October 1, 1950: In Robin Roberts' 3rd start in five days, Dick Sisler's dramatic home run off Don Newcombe in the 10th clinches the pennant 4–1 for the Whiz Kids. It is the Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. In the play that sets the stage for Sisler's heroics, CF Richie Ashburn, playing shallow, throws out Dodger runner Cal Abrams at the plate in the bottom of the 9th. Abrams will later say, "I think they should have held me at 3rd," while Dodgers' skipper Burt Shotton, commenting on having Duke Snider hitting away, "I should have bunted. If you don't believe me, look in the newspapers." Brooklyn's only score comes when Pee Wee Reese hits a drive into the screen over the wall in right field. The ball falls on top of the wall and bounces up and down long enough for Reese to leg out an inside-the-park home run.
» May 20, 1951:
The Phils defeat the Pirates 17–0 and 12–4, as Richie Ashburn gets four hits in each game. Russ Meyer tosses the shutout in the first game pasting over Murry Dickson.
» August 1, 1953:
Warren Spahn of the Braves allows just an infield hit to Richie Ashburn in the fourth in beating Philadelphia 5-0. It is Spahn's 31st career shutout.
» July 15, 1954:
Phillie CF Richie Ashburn walks five times in a 2-1 loss to the Redlegs.
» June 3, 1956:
CF Richie Ashburn of the Phils goes 5-for-6 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Cards.
» August 17, 1957:
Richie Ashburn, known for his ability to foul pitches off, hits spectator Alice Roth twice in the same at bat. The first one breaks her nose, and the second one hits her while she is being removed from her seat on a stretcher. Ironically, she is the wife of Earl Roth, the sports editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin.
The Phils win 3-1 over New York.
» December 5, 1957:
The Cards turn down the Phillies offer of Richie Ashburn and Harvey Haddix for Ken Boyer, trusting that Boyer will turn into a good 3B. Then, in one of their best trades ever, the Cardinals acquire outfielders Curt Flood and Joe Taylor from the Reds for pitchers Marty Kutyna and Ted Wieand. The 19-year-old Flood, who appeared in eight games for Cincinnati over the past two seasons, will anchor the St. Louis OF for the next 12 years.
» May 11, 1958:
In the Phils 10–4 loss in the lidlifter with Pittsburgh, Phils OF Richie Ashburn pulls a muscle. He sits out the 2nd game, ending his consecutive game streak at 473. Bob Friend wins the opener, overcoming back-to-back first inning home runs by Rip Repulski and Granny Hamner. In game 2, American League castoff Bob Porterfield wins a brilliant pitching duel with Curt Simmons, winning 1–0 in 11 innings.
» September 29, 1958: In a race that goes down to the last game, Richie Ashburn wins the National League batting title with a 3-for-4 day that raises him to .350, three percentage points ahead of Willie Mays, despite Willie's three hits in the Giant's 7–2 win over St. Louis yesterday. In a 10-inning 6–4 Phillies win in Pittsburgh, the Phils Dave Philley sets a major-league record by getting his 8th consecutive pinch hit.
» September 30, 1958: In the Phillies 6–4, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh, Richie Ashburn clinches the batting title going 3-for-4 to finish at .3495. Willie Mays, leading off in SF's win over St. Louis, is 3-for-5 to finish at .3466. Dave Philley sets a major-league record for consecutive pinch hits when he doubles in the 7th for his 8th straight pinch hit. Peanuts Lowrey had seven straight pinch hits in 1952.
» June 12, 1959: Giants P Mike McCormick does not yield a single hit in the first five innings of a game against the Phillies. In the top of the 6th, he gives up a single to Richie Ashburn, but the game is called because of rain. The incomplete inning is not included in the records, thereby giving McCormick a 3–0 shortened no-hitter.
» September 11, 1959:
The Phillies Robin Roberts beats the Giants
1-0 on a 3-hitter. Roberts also gains revenge
on Willie McCovey by ending McCovey's consecutive-game
hitting streak at 22 games. Phils CF Richie Ashburn
holds the rookie record of 23 games.
» January 11, 1960: The Cubs send infielders Alvin Dark, #B and Chicago-native Jim Woods, and P John Buzhardt to the Phillies for OF Richie Ashburn. Ashburn hit .259 last year.
» July 2, 1961:
Pitcher Glen Hobbie and Tony Taylor each hit a pair of homers for the Cubs, but it is not enough as the Cardinals win, 10–9. Pinch hitter Richie Ashburn's bases-loaded single in the 8th brings home the deciding run .
» December 8, 1961: The Mets purchase OF Richie Ashburn from the Cubs for a reported $50,000.
» December 3, 1974:
The frustrated White Sox unload controversial Dick Allen to the Braves for a reported $5,000. Allen never reports and retires instead. Richie Ashburn will help coax Allen out of retirement and he'll play two disappointing seasons back in Philadelphia before going to Oakland as a free agent.
» March 7, 1995: The Veterans Committee elects former major leaguers Richie Ashburn, and Vic Willis, former National League president William Hulbert, and former Negro League player Leon Day to the Hall of Fame. Day will die of a heart attack six days from now.
» July 30, 1995: Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, Negro League star Leon Day, former National League president William A. Hulbert, and Vic Willis are inducted into the Hall of Fame.