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Eddie Robinson, former GM and oldest former MLB player, dies at age 100

Eddie Robinson, the oldest living former major league player whose more than six decades in professional baseball included being general manager for two teams, has died. He was 100.

The Texas Rangers, the team for which Robinson was GM from 1976-1982, said he died Monday night at his ranch in Bastrop, Texas.

Robinson was the last surviving player from the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians. That championship was part of the first baseman’s 13 big league seasons, during which he played for seven of the eight American League teams that were active during his career and was a four-time All-Star.

After he finished playing, Robinson was a coach for Baltimore before switching to player development and scouting for the Orioles and several other teams. He was GM of the Atlanta Braves from 1972-1976, then had that role with the Rangers. He worked as a scout and consultant for former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in the early 1980s, and his last year in baseball was as a scout for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Robinson made his big league debut with Cleveland at age 21 in 1942, then served in the military during World War II before returning to the Indians from 1946-1948. He also played for the Washington Senators (1949-1950), Chicago White Sox (1950-1952), Philadelphia Athletics (1953), New York Yankees (1954-1956), Detroit Tigers (1957) and Baltimore (1957). The only AL team of that period he didn’t play for was Boston.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 06, 2021 at 10:50 AM (#6043967)
Might he have been the last living person to play pro ball in the 1930s? He broke in with the 1939 Valdosta (GA) Trojans of the Georgia-Florida League.

Robinson's teammate/manager on the Trojans was 46-year-old Bill Morrell, who surprisingly had only been in pro ball for 15 years, breaking in as a 31-year-old with the 1924 New Haven Profs of the Eastern League. Morrell's player/manager on the Profs was Neal Ball, whose first pro season was in 1903 with the Toledo Mud Hens (yes, they had that name even then). Also on that team was Bob Schaub, who broke in with the Galesburg (IL) team of the Central Interstate League in 1890; the club moved to Indianapolis May 27 and then disbanded on July 8. No matter.

Schaub's 1890 teammate was Julius "Icicle" Reeder, who played a handful of games in the bloated "majors" of 1884 and began his pro career the year before with Springfield (IL) of the Northwestern League, where he played with John Peters. (Obviously, Reeder must've been quickly released, since you never want an Icicle too close to Peters.)

Anyway...Peters broke in with the 1874 Chicago White Stockings, hitting a solid .289 as a 24-year-old rookie, and playing with the legendary Cap, Cap was still in Philly in '74 and wouldn't join Chicago until 1876. But Peters did play with George Zettlein, whose career goes back to the 1865 Eckford Club of Brooklyn, which featured old shortstop George Grum, who started with the Eckfords back in 1857...the very first year of the National Association of Base Ball Players.

Ave atque vale.
   2. Addie Joss Posted: October 06, 2021 at 01:00 PM (#6043995)
Through the 1950's and 60's Robinson held the White Sox' team record for single season homers with 29 in 1951 (19 on the road and 10 at home). Comiskey was an awful ballpark for home runs.
   3. sanny manguillen Posted: October 06, 2021 at 01:10 PM (#6043997)
Played exclusively at first base. I recall Bill Veeck said Robinson had "drop foot" and needed extensive rehab.
   4. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 06, 2021 at 02:14 PM (#6044014)
Only time I ever remember seeing Robinson was at a 1955 Memorial Day DH at Griffith Stadium, when the Nats were playing Robinson's Yankees. He only went 1 for 8, but that one hit was a home run.

It was the biggest crowd of the year besides opening day, and the next day the Washington Post printed a picture of me in the stands. I'm easy to pick out because I was wearing a white T-shirt.
   5. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 06, 2021 at 02:27 PM (#6044017)
Here's a closer look.
   6. Paul d mobile Posted: October 06, 2021 at 02:30 PM (#6044018)
He hosted a podcast through September 9th of this year called "The Golden Age of Baseball". 25 short episodes. Which is pretty good if you're 100.
   7. sanny manguillen Posted: October 06, 2021 at 09:45 PM (#6044130)
The 2021 Departed Team is shaping up. They could use a true shortstop and center fielder:

c: Del Crandall
1b: Eddie Robinson
2b: Wayne Terwilliger
3b: Bobby Brown
ss: Rennie Stennett
lf: Bill Freehan
cf: Henry Aaron
rf: Joe Cunningham

sp: Don Sutton
sp: Stan Williams
sp: J.R. Richard
sp: Mudcat Grant
sp: Juan Pizarro
rp: Mike Marshall
rp: Grant Jackson

mgr: Tommy Lasorda

   8. baxter Posted: October 06, 2021 at 11:20 PM (#6044265)
2. Was Gus Zernial who had the Chisox HR record.

Who broke it? I believe in 1970 w/33.

Also, I thought I was a smartie reading that Mr. Robinson passed away in Bastrop TX, thinking of another former big leaguer from that city. But, I was completely WRONG; same name for the city but different state.

Any guesses?
   9. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 06, 2021 at 11:47 PM (#6044306)
Bill Melton, I think in 1972, with the 33 HR. Led the league, I believe, edging Norm Cash.

Edit: Make that '71.
   10. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 06, 2021 at 11:49 PM (#6044310)
Was J.R. Richard from Bastrop, La.?

Edit: No -- Vienna, near Gambling, which I've driven by on the interstate many times en route to and from the Shreveport area.
   11. baxter Posted: October 07, 2021 at 12:11 AM (#6044334)
9. Yes, but he also hit 33 in 1970; had back issues; returned; was decent enough; signed w/ the Angels as a free agent became a disaster.
10. Correct, it is not Mr. Richard. This person is in HOF w/0 black ink as a player. He is a decidedly NON controversial choice. Also, he played himself in at least one movie.
   12. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 07, 2021 at 12:17 AM (#6044345)
Didn't realize that about Melton in '70. Also, I see his 33 in '71 just edged Reggie as well, which I didn't recall at all. Reggie's 32 two years later were enough to lead the league. Those were different times.

As for the Bastrop native -- must be Bill Dickey, though he wound up living in Little Rock.
   13. baxter Posted: October 07, 2021 at 12:40 AM (#6044378)
There you are, indeed Bill Dickey.
   14. Fiore Gino Posted: October 07, 2021 at 03:15 PM (#6044523)
Bill Melton, I think in 1972, with the 33 HR

I will forever associate Bill Melton with hitting 33 home runs, I can’t tell you much else except Melton played for the White Sox & hit 33 HR

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