The Ballad of Lucky the Horse

Richie Ashburn: Why The Hall Not? book

You don’t get involved in something that takes up four years of your life without some funny, wacky things happening. This is one of those stories, and I swear, it’s 100% true!  When I first started my”Why The Hall Not” campaign for Whitey in 1991, he sent me a note.  It basically said he appreciated my effort on his behalf, and obviously he couldn’t get personally involved. He closed the note by saying he hoped I wasn’t wasting my time, but he did think I was ” beating a dead horse”. In other words, it was a lost cause.  Rich Westcott, the publisher of Phillies Report, was kind enough to offer me a free ad, in his publication. Seeing I had no money for advertising (my campaign was as low budget as you could get), I jumped at the chance. I had a friend who had a horse farm in…

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Today…July 30th

4 hall of famersToday, July 30th, is the 20th anniversary of the Hall of Fame induction of Richie Ashburn & Mike Schmidt. If you were there, feel free to post a comment. I know, for me, as a life-long Phils fan, it was the memory of a lifetime. At that time, it was the biggest crowd to ever come to Cooperstown for an induction ceremony, and I believe that still stands. Richie said that was one of the happiest days of his life. I’m glad I could be there to see it……….jim

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20 Years Ago…………Next Week

It’s hard to believe, next Thursday will be the 20th anniversary of Whitey & Schmitty’s Hall of Fame Induction. That was a long weekend, that will always be one of my greatest memories. I got to meet many of the 200,000 people who signed my ” Why The Hall Not ? ” petitions over the four years of the campaign. I also got to meet some of the HOF executives, I annoyed over the four years of my campaign. To this day, people ask me would I do it over? My reply is simple. For Whitey, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I just wish I had the internet back then. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting some of my memories of that weekend, so check back………………jim donahue

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NEW RICHIE ASHBURN / PHILLIES ITEMS ON EBAY

ImageI’ve received quite a few questions regarding the availability of some of my photographs of Whitey, and other Whiz Kids players.  In the past couple weeks, I’ve posted some really nice photos on Ebay.  You can search under seller id : starman711.  I’m also, due to some health issues in the past year, starting to post some items from my collection.  Thanks,    Jim

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THIS SUNDAY OCT 6th ANNUAL MEDIA, PA FOOD FESTIVAL

This Sunday I’ll be at the annual Food Festival in Media, Pa.  I’ll be set up at 22 W. State St. from 9AM until 5PM with my sports and rock and roll collectibles, and I’ll have copies of my book “Richie Ashburn Why The Hall Not?” available.  Stop by and talk some sports.  Mention you saw this on my website, and I’ll give you a free gift.  The food fest is always a great time, Great eats, and neat vendors to check out.    Stop by and say hi…………………….jim

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Whitey Lithograph

I’ve had quite a few emails regarding the print I used in yesterday’s tribute post for Whitey.  I commissioned a noted sports artist, Michael Mellett to do those for me in conjuction with the release of my book. The pose was from a  1959 Sport Magazine photo, that is my favorite picture of Richie. Due to the requests, I’ve put a few up on ebay.  Just search “Richie Ashburn Lithographs”.   Thanks………………………jim

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16 Years Ago Today………Hard To Believe Harry !

Image     It’s difficult to imagine it’s been 16 years since Whitey’s passing.  My wife and I were in Cape May celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, when I got a phone call from my son Ryan at 7AM that morning.    Ryan told me that Whitey’s son Richard had called a few minutes earlier, and he wanted me to know before it was on the news .  The rest of that day was pretty much a blur.  Whitey had gone from someone I idolized as an eight year old, to a good friend, and someone who’s company I really enjoyed.  In fact two days later, we were supposed to have lunch, instead the city of Philadelphia was preparing for Whitey’s public viewing.  Speaking of our lunches.  What usually started out as an hour, generally turned into two and most times more.  The great thing was, it wasn’t always baseball related.  Whitey was a fascinating guy, who was well versed on any topic. So the topics would go from books, politics, family, basically anything.   We would usually meet at his home, and as I was driving home, I would think to myself “I just had lunch and a two hour conversation with Whitey”.  I would always come away more informed, than when I showed up.   At the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 1995, Whitey said it was one of the happiest days of his life.   To think that a campaign that I started had some effect on that day, is all a fan of Whitey’s could hope for.     Rest In Peace Pal ……………………………jim

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