Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn
at Veterans Stadium
September 23, 1992
In 1992, Broadcast Pioneers member Ed Cunningham was working on his first documentary for WHYY-TV entitled, "Things That Aren't There Anymore" narrated by Broadcast Pioneers member Bill Campbell. The premise of this program was to revisit through pictures and stories things that are now gone. One such place discussed by Connie Mack Stadium where Richie Ashburn played his first game for the Phillies.
Channel 12 sent a video camera and Ed Cunningham down to Veterans Stadium where they caught up with Richie Ashburn, then a broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Club. While during the broadcast, we only saw Richie for about 30 seconds, the actual interview lasted about 20 minutes.
Since Ed was looking just for Richie's answers, Ed Cunningham was not seen on camera but you can hear him speaking "out of the frame."
"Things That Aren't There Anymore" was a huge success for WHYY-TV. From that first program, sprung a whole bunch of Ed Cunningham documentaries for the station. In the passing decades, what Ashburn said that day has become more and more meaningful.
We thank WHYY for their cooperation in making this video available. In 2010, we re-encoded the video for a clearer and sharper picture. We think you'll enjoy watching it.
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