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Richie Ashburn will again be a star in Philadelphia as producer Dan Stephenson’s latest movie "Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life" is set to debut at the 17th Philadelphia Film Festival at the Prince Music Theater on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets went on sale at 9a.m. this morning by calling 215-463-1000 for a cost of $25. There will be an additional screening on April 15 at 5p.m. at the Prince Music Theater Tickets can be found at www.phillyfests.com.
If you can not make it to a showing a two-disc set covering the film plus four hours of bonus footage will be available for purchase on April 22 at the Majestic Clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park and on Phillies.com.
The film will portray Whitey’s childhood to his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in 1995. You will not want to miss this film.
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Phillies lost two members of their family this week as Whiz Kid pitcher Steve Ridzik and former pitching coach Johnny Podres lost their battles with heart disease. Ridzik played 6 seasons with the Phillies including being a part of the Whiz Kids in 1950. Ridzik also played for Washington, New York (NL), Cleveland, and Cincinatti. He came back to the Phillies to end his career.
Johnny Podres was best known as the 23 year old that said "just give me one run" and went on to shut out the Yankees in game 7 of the 1955 world series. Podres served as the Phillies pitching coach from 1991 to 1996 when he resigned for health reasons. He continued as a special instructor to the team and was a huge factor in the development of
Curt Schilling. Schilling wrote of Podres in his blog 38 pitches.
"Outside of the Lord, my wife and my father, there was no person who
impacted my life more than Johnny Podres. He asked everything of me
and always got everything I had. He made me realize the only limits in
my life were self-imposed."
Tommy Greene and others called him "old school". Mitch Williams said he was the best pitching coach he ever had. Bill Giles said, "I loved the guy. He was a true
character and great fun to be around. He was a great example of why
working in baseball is so enjoyable. He was a great pitching coach and
was able to instill confidence in the pitchers he worked with. I don’t
believe the Phillies would have won the 1993 pennant without Johnny."
Steve and Johnny will be missed by the entire Phillies family. The memories they left will not soon be forgotten.