Chris Wheeler, who was silenced by the CSN Philly group after over 40 years on the air for the team, is the last in the line of great Phillies broadcasters included with Kalas and Ashburn
Every time the Phillies play the Mets near September or in September in New York, I think back to when we lost one of the greatest Phillies players ever, and most recently, a great Phillies broadcaster, Richie Ashburn.
It’s been quite a long time since we lost Ashburn, it was on September 9, 1997. Ashburn was in the Phillies hotel in New York and never made the team bus to the Shea Stadium ballpark. He had passed away in the hotel room on the road with the team.
Ashburn had a life that was baseball. He traveled all year long talking about the game and his longtime friend and co-worker, Harry Kalas, was devastated with the news of losing Ashburn.
The camaraderie and conversations in the booth was things that you could only dream of now. Subtle stories told by two of the best announcers the game has probably ever seen in tandem are but a memory now in the minds of older Phillies fans.
How would we know that we would think back to some of those stories from time to time. We’ll never forget Ashburn and Kalas. They were a class act that may never be duplicated.
Below, Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn go into the Hall of Fame on July 30, 1995