Reader Skip (Memory Lane) Clayton pointed out Richie Ashburn’s batting title was omitted from the anniversary moments to be remembered in 2015. He was right.
So, here’s to Whitey’s title 60 years ago.
He finished with a .338 average, easily beating Willie Mays’ .319. Going into the final day of the season (September 25), Ashburn led Mays, .342-.319. The final day was a double-header between the Phillies and Giants at the Polo Grounds. Ashburn went 0-7, Mays 4-8.
Three years later Ashburn won his second title, .350 to Mays’ .346. It’s the last Phillies batting champion.
Check out many more memorable moment anniversaries at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Tuesday: LHP Matt Beech (43), RHP Brad Brink (50) . . . Wednesday: RHP Mike Krukow (63) . . . Thursday: INF Ramon Aviles (63) . . . Friday: RHP Brandon Duckworth (39), RHP Frank Sullivan (85) . . . Sunday: 1B Francisco Melendez (51), INF Ted Kazanski (81) . . . Monday: 3B Rick Schu (53), C Bob Uecker (80).
Jim Thome hit 101 home runs for the Phillies and one against them. He hit the last home run at the Vet and his 400th at Citizens Bank Park. His last Phillies homer was the 13th walk-off home run of his career, an MLB record.
Heading for Clearwater so the next post will be January 27. Spring training #52 coming up.