Bruce E. Mowday began writing professionally as a sports writer for the daily newspaper The Record and later worked for the St. Louis Sun and Daily Local News of West Chester, Pa. He has authored many newspaper and magazine articles, a dozen books, and is President of the Mowday Group, Inc. He resides in Downington, Pa. Jim Donahue started the "Richie Ashburn: Why The Hall Not?" campaign featured prominently in the media, and the award winning film "Richie Ashburn....A Baseball Life". Jim resides in Springfield, Pa.
Richie Ashburn: Why The Hall Not?: and the Amazing Journey to Cooperstownby Bruce Mowday, Jim Donahue
Richie Ashburn: Why the Hall Not? is the story of beloved Philadelphia Phillies player and broadcaster Richie Ashburn and a young fan he befriended as a player. That fan remembered the kindness displayed by Ashburn and in later years reconnected and led a drive—collecting almost 200,000 signatures—to have Major League Baseball reconsider Ashburn for the
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Richie Ashburn: Why the Hall Not? is the story of beloved Philadelphia Phillies player and broadcaster Richie Ashburn and a young fan he befriended as a player. That fan remembered the kindness displayed by Ashburn and in later years reconnected and led a drive—collecting almost 200,000 signatures—to have Major League Baseball reconsider Ashburn for the Hall of Fame. Ashburn was elected to the Hall of Fame and the once-young fan was with Ashburn at Cooperstown during the induction ceremonies. Along the way the young fan became a close friend of Ashburn and the two shared meals and thoughts on baseball.
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If you believe that things happen for a reason you will enjoy the stories in this book. It starts with a casual meeting and autograph with Baseball idol Richie Ashburn. Then years later Jim Donahue attempts to help his boyhood idol get a rule overturned to get Richie Ashburn in the Hall of Fame. Jim's grass roots campaign acquired close to 200,000 signatures and that was before the internet. The book also covers Richie's career from his teenage days through his entire baseball and broadcasting life. The stories are both humorous and heartwarming. The opportunity to become Richie's friend was pure coincidence. Likewise, a chance meeting with co-author Bruce Mowday led to the creation of the book. This is truly a great read for any sports fan.