Ashburn, Campbell & Crazy Postseason

Will he be the first?

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum last week announced the 10 finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for broadcasting excellence and Richie Ashburn is on that list.

The other nine include Billy Berroa, Rene Cardenas, Dizzy Dean, Dick Enberg, Ernie Johnson Sr., Ralph Kiner, Ned Martin, Joe Nuxhall and Jack Quinlan.

“Whitey” started broadcasting for the Phillies in 1963 after a 15-year career as an outstanding centerfielder and two-time batting champion.  He was on the air until his passing in 1997.

Should Ashburn win the Frick Award, he would be the first Hall of Famer to receive the honor.  Ralph Kiner and Dizzy Dean, two more Hall of Famers, are also finalists.

Sad News
Word came last night that Bill Campbell, the dean of Philadelphia Sportscasters, died.  He was 91.  He began broadcasting at an Atlantic City radio station when he was 17 years old.

He, Ashburn and By Saam were the Phillies broadcasting team from 1963-1970.

Soupy,Richie and the By

He was also the voice of the Eagles, Warriors and 76ers in addition to working for several Philadelphia radio stations.

Mr. Campbell was awarded the Curt Gowdy Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.  It is equivalent to the Frick Award, which Saam won in 1990.

Our deepest condolences are extended to Mr. Campbell’s daughter and her family.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: OF Jose Cardenal (71), LHP Morrie Steevens (74) . . . Wednesday: 2B David Doster (44), RHP Jerry Reed (59), OF Mickey Harrington (80) . . . Thursday: INF Kevin Jordan (45), LHP Randy Lerch (60) . . . Friday: OF Pat Burrell (38), 2B-3B Placido Polanco (39) . . . Saturday: INF Ty Wigginton (37), RHP Joe Roa (43) . . . Sunday: LHP Sid Fernandez (52).

This Date
October 7, 1980
NLCS #1 at Veterans Stadium: Greg Luzinski’s 2run homer in the sixth gives the
Phillies a 31 win over Houston. First postseason win at home since World Series game
#1, 10/8/15.

OF Greg Luzinski

October 8, 1915
WS #1 at Baker Bowl: In their first World Series game ever, Grover Cleveland
Alexander throws a complete-game 8-hitter to give the Phillies a 3-1 win over the
Boston Red Sox. 20-year-old Babe Ruth, a LHP who had 18 wins during the season, is
used as a pinch-hitter, his only appearance in the Series.


Check It Out
Visit for more postseason moments for today and tomorrow.

And, Paul Hagen’s written a new “Where Are They Now?” feature.  Focus is on Luis Aguayo.

Crazy Postseason Notes
Anything can happen when baseball is played at this time of the year.  The unexpected often appears in this wonderful game. Just look at the postseason so far.

**Lester vs. Shields, AL Wildcard pitching matchup: final score 9-8. Lester gave up 6 runs; Shields, 4.

**Kershaw vs. Wainwright, NLDS pitching matchup: final score 10-9. Kershaw gave up 8 runs in 6.2 innings; Wainwright, 6 in 4.1 innings.

**Cardinals hit the fewest HR in the NL (105): they hit 3 in first 7 innings of their first NLDS game.

**Matt Carpenter hit 2 HR off a LHP in the season and has 3, 1 in each game so far.

**Royals became the first team to win 3 straight extra-inning games. During the season, they won 5 of 12 in extra innings.

**Royals hit he fewest HR (95) in the majors but won 2 games on homers.

**In the world of the expected, KC stole 12 bases (13 attempts) so far.  Expected because they led the majors with 153 during the season.  But, the unexpected also popped up when DH Billy Butler stole a base, his first since 2012 and sixth of his 8-year career.

**Orioles swept the Tigers in 3 games, facing 3 Cy Young winners.

**Orioles’ Norris started 3 games against the Tigers during the season, 16 runs in 17.1 innings.  In clinching game 3, 1 run in 6.1 innings.

**Giants and Nationals played the longest postseason game by the clock (6:23) on Saturday: 18 innings, 16 pitchers, 17 hits, 34 strikeouts, 485 pitches, 3 runs.

**Royals’ Brandon Finnegan pitched in the College World Series in June, drafted by KC in the first round, had 13 outings in the minors and seven in the majors, made the postseason roster, pitched in 3 games so far, winning NLDS game 2.

**Then, there’s the Giants’ Hunter Strickland, a 7-year minor leaguer who never pitched above AA ball.  He pitched in A and AA (11 saves at Richmond) during the season, had 9 scoreless September relief outings with SF, made the postseason roster, gave up 2 homers in his first postseason game on Friday and recorded a save in the 18-inning marathon the next night.

**The Angels became the first team to have the best record in the majors and get swept in the first round of playoffs.

**The A’s and the Tigers made hyped deadline trades.  Both are home watching.


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