Today, March 19th, 2019, marks the 92nd birthday of my friend Rich Ashburn. I was talking to a friend the other day, and I remember saying how it’s a gamble, when you meet someone, who was a boyhood hero. When you finally meet that person, sometimes, they turn out to be a horse’s ass. With Whitey, the guy you heard on radio, or TV was that same guy, in real life. Rich was a profoundly funny, intelligent, caring individual, and there’s not a day that I don’t recall some “Whiteyism”, and it brings a smile. The “art work” he had above his sofa, was a map of Nebraska, with his hometown, Tilden, circled. That was Whitey, Tough as nails, and soft as smoke. Happy Birthday my friend……………
Here’s a photo from the Hall of Fame Induction of Richie Ashburn 7/30/1995. Shown here are Whitey, my daughter Cait (now 32 years old), and me. Whitey always said, it was one of the happiest days of his life. I’m honored I could be there to see it.
Today, 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
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
I’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
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