New Hall Of Famers

March 08, 1995

RICHIE ASHBURN

Career: Known for speed, smart base running and peskiness at the plate. Hit .308 from 1948-62 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Had 2,574 career hits and won the NL batting title in 1955 (.338) and 1958 (.350). Led league in walks four times, hits three times and triples twice. Had .397 career on-base percentage. Stole 234 bases, and led NL with 32 as a rookie. Five-time All-Star. Holds major-league record for outfielders with four seasons of 500 putouts.

Etc.: Turns 68 on March 19. Popular Phillies announcer.

VIC WILLIS

Career: Went 247-206 from 1898 to 1910 in the National League with Boston, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. Had eight 20-win seasons, 50 shutouts and a career 2.63 ERA. Struck out 1,651 in 513 games, starting 471 and completing 388. Pitched no-hitter vs. Washington in 1899. In 1903, contracts of Willis and 15 other players were disputed between NL and AL; he was awarded to NL. Led NL with 39 complete games in 1904. Pitched in 1909 World Series for champion Pirates, going 0-1 in two games.

Etc: Born in Cecil County in 1876. Operated a hotel in Delaware after retiring. Died in 1947.

WILLIAM HULBERT

Career: Originated idea of founding the National League in 1876. Served as NL president, and also president of Chicago's team in the NL, from 1876 to 1882. Relentless in trying to rid baseball of bad elements. Threw out New York and Philadelphia teams for failing to make their final trip in 1876. Later banned four Louisville players for life for fixing games and tossed out St. Louis and Cincinnati teams for repeated liquor violations.

/%Etc.: Died in 1882 at the age of 50.

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