American baseball playerDied when: 70 years 174 days (845 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
Don Richard Ashburn (March 19, 1927 – September 9, 1997), also known by the nicknames, "Putt-Putt", "The Tilden Flash", and "Whitey" (due to his light-blond hair), was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball. (Some sources give his full middle name as "Richie".) He was born in Tilden, Nebraska and along with his twin sister, Donna, was the youngest of four children.
From his youth on a farm, he grew up to become a professional outfielder and veteran broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies and one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia history.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.