Remembering a sports icon

Phillie icon Richie AshburnLast week, WHYY’s Brenda Jorett interview long-time Philadelphia Phillies videographer, Dan “Video Dan” Stephenson about “Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life.”

Richie Ashburn became a Philadelphia sports icon with his blazing speed rounding the bases wearing number one and snaring fly balls in center field as a Whiz Kid. Many of us remember “Whitey” best as the “color man” paired with Phils broadcaster Harry Kalas from 1971 until Ashburn’s untimely death in September 1997.

The Ashburn movie was a fan favorite at the Philadelphia Film Festival which just wrapped up last night. It premiered on Monday night – one of a handful of films to sell out in advance – and screened again last night as the festival came to a close.

You can read more about the film at The Phanatic Magazine blog.

You can also listen to Brenda Jorett’s interview of “Video Dan” Stephenson.

If anyone has seen the film, feel free to offer your reviews in the comments section.

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