Richie Ashburn, Spring Training, March 1956. One word: color.
Ashburn would have another good year for the Phillies in 1956, batting .303, and would be the Fightins’ Iron Horse for the next few years, leading the lead in plate appearances in 1956, 1957 and 1958, and would only miss 8 games through the 1960 campaign. He probably had his best year in 1958, leading the league in average (.350), hits, triples, walks, OBP and plate appearances. And of course, he was a lovable 1962 Met to round out his career. He was elected to the HOF by the Veteran’s Committee in 1995.
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