Richie Ashburn: The Sultan of Slap and Run

This article was written by Francis Kinlaw

This article was published in The National Pastime: From Swampoodle to South Philly (Philadelphia, 2013)

FRANCIS KINLAW has contributed to 13 SABR convention publications (the number of shutouts registered by the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff in 1950) and attended 17 SABR conventions (the number of plate appearances by Richie Ashburn in the 1950 World Series). A member of SABR since 1983, he resides in Greensboro, North Carolina and writes extensively about baseball, football, and college basketball.



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