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Eddie Robinson

 

**William Edward Robinson (born December 15, 1920 in Paris, Texas) is a retired American first baseman, scout. coach and front office executive in Major League Baseball. During a 13-year playing career (1942; 1946-57), Robinson played for seven of the eight American League teams then in existence.

Career

A lefthanded batter who threw righthanded, Robinson helped his first team, the Cleveland Indians, win the 1948 world championship. He was then traded during that offseason; at his next two stops, with the Washington Senators (1949-50) and the Chicago White Sox (1950-52), he enjoyed his most productive seasons. Overall, he appeared in 1,315 games and batted .268 with 172 home runs.

Eddie Robinson as a Washington Senator

Upon retirement, he became a coach for the Baltimore Orioles and then moved into their player development department. A protege of Orioles manager Paul Richards, he followed Richards to the Houston Astros, then worked as the farm system director of the Kansas City Athletics during the tempestuous ownership of Charlie Finley in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he rejoined Richards in the front office of the Atlanta Braves. He succeeded Richards as general manager of the Braves during the 1972 season, serving through early 1976 in that post.

Robinson then returned to the American League as a member of the Texas Rangers front office. In 1977, Robinson was named co-general manager (with Dan O'Brien) of the Rangers, and he became sole GM from 1978-82. Although the Rangers posted winning seasons in 1977, 1978 and 1981, a disastrous 1982 campaign cost Robinson his GM job.

He continued his career in the game as a scout and player development consultant, however. In a bit of irony, Robinson's last job in the game was as a scout for the Boston Red Sox - the only team of the "original eight" AL clubs that he did not play for.

Best season
  • 1951: .282 BA, 29 HR, 117 RBI

 

Eddie Robinson
First Baseman
Born: December 15, 1920 (1920-12-15) (age 86)
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1942 for the Cleveland Indians
Final game
September 15, 1957
for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .268
Homeruns     172
RBI     723
Teams
  • Cleveland Indians (1942, 1946-1948, 1957)
  • Washington Senators (1949–1950)
  • Chicago White Sox (1950–1952)
  • Philadelphia Athletics (1953)
  • New York Yankees (1954–1956)
  • Kansas City Athletics (1956)
  • Detroit Tigers (1957)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1957)
Career highlights and awards
  • All star 1949-1953

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Robinson Hitting Stats

Yr Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR GS RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1942 Indians 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 - 0 0 - 0 0 .125 .222 .125
1946 Indians 8 30 6 12 1 0 3 0 4 2 - 4 2 - 0 0 .400 .438 .733
1947 Indians 95 318 52 78 10 1 14 0 52 30 - 18 5 - 2 10 .245 .314 .415
1948 Indians 134 493 53 125 18 5 16 0 83 36 - 42 9 - 2 13 .254 .307 .408
1949 Senators 143 527 66 155 27 3 18 0 78 67 - 30 2 - 7 17 .294 .381 .459
1950 Senators 36 129 21 30 4 2 1 0 13 25 - 4 0 - 2 3 .233 .365 .318
1950 White Sox 119 424 62 133 11 2 20 1 73 60 - 28 2 - 5 7 .314 .405 .491
1951 White Sox 151 564 85 159 23 5 29 0 117 77 - 54 5 - 3 11 .282 .371 .495
1952 White Sox 155 594 79 176 33 1 22 0 104 70 - 49 5 - 12 8 .296 .382 .466
1953 Athletics 156 615 64 152 28 4 22 0 102 63 - 56 2 - 5 13 .247 .322 .413
1954 Yankees 85 142 11 37 9 0 3 0 27 19 - 21 0 2 0 1 .261 .344 .387
1955 Yankees 88 173 25 36 1 0 16 0 42 36 7 26 0 1 5 7 .208 .358 .491
1956 Yankees 26 54 7 12 1 0 5 1 11 5 1 3 0 0 3 0 .222 .323 .519
1956 Athletics 75 172 13 34 5 1 2 0 12 26 1 20 1 1 2 7 .198 .308 .273
1957 Tigers 13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .308 .000
1957 Indians 19 27 1 6 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 3 0 1 1 2 .222 .241 .370
1957 Orioles 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
Career G AB R H 2B 3B HR GS RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
13 Years 1,315 4,282 546 1,146 172 24 172 2 723 521 10 359 33 5 50 100 .268 .353 .440

 

* - Data provided by Baseball-Almanac.com

** - Text by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia