Richie Ashburn was a famous Phillies player in the 1950s and a Baseball Hall of Fame member. However, during a game between the Phillies and the New York Giants in 1957, Ashburn struck a spectator with a foul ball. The injured person happened to be Alice Roth, the wife of Earl Roth who was the Philadelphia’s ‘Bulletin’ newspaper editor. The ball hit by Ashburn struck Roth in the face and broke her nose. While doctor were tending to the injured woman, the game was stopped. Roth was already on the stretcher being carried to the ambulance when the game started again and another ball, again hit by Ashburn, struck her.
Ever since then, when attending a game Alice Roth would sit in the left field bleachers, where potential foul balls were less likely to strike her. She and Richie Ashburn even became friends after the accident and Alice’s son later became a batboy for the Phillies.