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Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Richie Ashburn

Ashburn

Richie Ashburn spent several years on the BBWAA ballot, receiving between 2.1% and 41.7% from 1968 to 1982. Ashburn collected more than 2500 hits in 15 years and finished with a .308 average, but his underwhelming power likely hurt his candidacy with the writers. He led the NL in hits three times, triples twice, and on-base percentage four times, while making four All-Star teams for the Phillies and Mets.

Retired Numbers: #1

I started putting together this virtual set of “fun cards” near the end of the 2011 baseball season. I intended to begin posting them in November after the postseason wrapped up, but got busy with other projects and real life. Since I have the ’11 date on the front of the cards, I decided I should go ahead and start posting them now!

Featuring all the retired uniform numbers in baseball, this set includes Hall of Famers, managers, some lesser-known players, and even a handful of broadcasters. I used the team pages on Baseball-Reference.com as the main source of what numbers are retired, although they are missing a couple. There are also some discrepencies between B-R and Wikipedia as to which pre-number players are honored by teams. In these cases, I simply went with B-R’s information.


Billy Meyer, Pittsburgh Pirates

We’ll start with #1, retired by seven MLB teams, honoring four Hall of Fame players and three managers. The most curious selection among these is manager Billy Meyer, whose .412 record is nothing to brag about, nor is the 42-112 record in 1957, worst in Pirates history. Regardless of his short and unsuccessful managerial career, the team chose to retire his uniform number in 1954.


Billy Martin, New York Yankees


Bobby Doerr, Boston Red Sox


Fred Hutchinson, Cincinnati Reds


Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals


Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers


Richie Ashburn, Philadelphia Phillies

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