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