In Recognition of Andrew Jason Ashby, Recipient of the Francis Swingle Award By the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrickby Representative Matt Cartwright
Posted on 2013-03-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, March 15, 2013
Mr. CARTWRIGHT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Andrew Jason
``Andy'' Ashby, who will receive the Francis Swingle Award of the
Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on the evening of March
17, the occasion of that organization's 99th annual St. Patrick's Day
As a young man, Andy Ashby attended Park Hill high school in Kansas City, Missouri and then played baseball for Crowder College. In 1986, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies. In his second start as a pitcher, against the Cincinnati Reds, he became part of an elite category of players by throwing an ``immaculate inning,'' a feat accomplished by striking out the first three batters of the opposing team in exactly nine pitches.
In 1993, Andy was acquired by the new, expansion-team Colorado Rockies. He later became a member of the San Diego Padres and enjoyed the height of his career. In 1998, he helped the Padres reach the World Series by compiling an impressive 17-9 record. He also represented the Padres and the National League in the 1998 and 1999 All-Star games. Andy later played for both the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He returned to San Diego before retiring from Major League Baseball in the mid-2000s. During his professional career he posted 98 wins, pitched 1,810 innings and struck out over 1,100 batters. He is an example of how discipline and hard work can lead to success on the field and in life.
Since retiring, Andy has become a part of the Heroes of the Diamond tour, traveling overseas several times to visit our troops in Iraq. I thank Andy for his community service and for serving as a role model and inspiration to many young Americans, and I offer my congratulations on this momentous occasion.