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
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
It is with extreme sadness, that I report the passing of sculptor Lawrence Nowlan at 48 years old. Larry, if you didn’t know, was the amazing artist who created the Harry Kalas statue at Citizens Bank Park. I had an opportunity to meet Larry, while the statue was still a work – in- progress. He was as down-to-earth and genuine, as he was talented. Larry’s goal was to create a statue that not only honored Harry, but also the fans of Philadelphia. I think we would all agree that he succeeded. The next time you pass the Harry statue at C.B.P, say a little thanks to Larry.
Today, July 30th , marks the 18th anniversary of Whitey’s Hall of Fame induction. I know he called it one of the happiest days of his life, and as a lifetime Phillies fan, I felt the same way. As I said in my book, one of the greatest thrills of my life was to call Rich Ashburn my friend. One of my greatest honors, was to have him call me his friend. I miss him………………………………jim
This Saturday, Aug 3rd I’ll be doing a book signing at 1st and Goal Sports in the Granite Run Mall (Media, Pa ) 610-566-1793 from 10AM til 2PM. Former Phillies Bobby Wine and Art Mahaffey, plus current Phillie Kyle Kendrick will also be at the store. The mall will be hosting a card show in conjuction will Phillies Alumni weekend. Kevin Stocker, Mike Liberthal, and Hall of Famer Steve Carlton will be some of the former Phils in attendance. Stop by 1st and Goal, pickup a book, and talk some baseball. What could be better on a summer Saturday afternoon ?? Also , don’t forget to contact me if you would like to have a book signing and talk to benefit your organization. Email me at email@example.com jim donahue
Saturday Aug 3rd, I’ll be at 1st and Goal Sports at Granite Run Mall, signing my book “Richie Ashburn…Why The Hall Not?”. Former Phillies Bobby Wine, and my friend Art Mahaffey will be there too, from noon until 2PM. Stop by and talk some baseball, and have some fun. I hope to see you……………..jim donahue
It’s been a while since my last post. I was on the D.L. while I was having treatments, but the news is all good and I’ll be at the Super Sunday next Sunday(raindate is 4/21) in Media, Pa. I’ll be set up at 22 W. State St ( in front of Bryn Mawr Trust) from 9 AM til 4 PM, with a great display of Sports and Rock & Roll collectibles for sale. Super Sunday is always a great event, and I hope to see you there. Mention you heard about it on my website, and I’ll toss in a bonus with any purchase. I hope to see you there,………