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Frank Robinson RIP

Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by bankshot1, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. bankshot1

    bankshot1 Member SoSH Member

    #1 bankshot1, Feb 7, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019
  2. agibson2000

    agibson2000 Member SoSH Member

    RIP Frank
    Wasn’t old enough to watch him play, but was to see him manage, one of the all time greatest players of the game.
  3. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    One of the bedrocks of this sport. Sad day.
  4. E5 Yaz

    E5 Yaz Transcends message boarding Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Wow, he died before the home run he hit off Fireball Fred Wenz landed
  5. loshjott

    loshjott Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    First manager of the Nats. Loved watching him in that role the first couple seasons.
  6. NAR29996

    NAR29996 Member SoSH Member

    I remember that he used to kill us when he was with the O's. Great ballplayer. RIP
  7. mikeot

    mikeot Member SoSH Member

    Met him at a fan meet and greet that first season, shared a laugh. One of the highlights of my life; RIP.
  8. Kliq

    Kliq Member SoSH Member

    An All-Time great and one of the great baseball-lifers. His 1966 season (his first in Baltimore) was really one of the all-time great offensive seasons, especially when you consider the state of how pitcher dominant the league was at the time. He led the league in runs, homers, RBIs, batting average, OBP, slugging, OPS, OPS+, Total Bases, Extra Base hits and even sacrifice flies. Posted a 1.232 OPS in the WS sweep over the Dodgers for good measure and took Don Drysdale deep twice.
  9. Merkle's Boner

    Merkle's Boner Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    All-time leader in slugging and OPS at Fenway. Slashed .350/.464/.724 in 62 games there.

    Definitely in discussion of most underrated player and I would argue one of the five most important black players of all time.
  10. MakeMineMoxie

    MakeMineMoxie Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

    A contender for baseball's Mount Rushmore. You really feel old when the guys you watched as a kid pass away.

    R.I.P. Frank, and thanks.
  11. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

    Co-captain of his high school hoops team in Oakland with Bill Russell! Frank Robinson commanded your respect, as a player and a man. He was a perfect fit for the era in which he lived. Exuded pride. Hit with both feet close together. Robinson stood close to the plate and if he got knocked down or drilled, he generally made amends next time up. 586 homers when he retired, which ranked around third at the time.
  12. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

    I’m not trying to be internet contrarian with your post because I’ve seen this a couple of times today but Robinson was fourth in career dingers when he hung them up in 1976 behind Aaron, Ruth and Mays.

    He’s tenth now.
  13. santadevil

    santadevil Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Shitty news. I read about him when I was younger and knew who he was. He seemed like a good guy and a good manager

    RIP Frank
  14. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

    No problem, John. Thanks for correcting my memory. I should have figured it out myself because the top three in the old days was pretty easy, especially after Aaron chased down Ruth and Mays.
  15. RGREELEY33

    RGREELEY33 Potty Mouth Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    The only player in MLB history to win an MVP in both the National League (1961 with Cincinnati) and the American League (1966 with Baltimore).

    Rest in peace.
  16. Lose Remerswaal

    Lose Remerswaal Leaves after the 8th inning Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I always feared him batting against the Sox. For good reason I guess based on post 9, above
  17. chilidawg

    chilidawg Member SoSH Member

    Just saw that he and Bill Russell went to high school together. Two real legends and high quality individuals.
  18. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

    Curt Flood and Vada Pinson too, wow.
  19. moondog80

    moondog80 heart is two sizes two small SoSH Member

    Look at his b-ref page and tell me that it’s not insane that the Reds traded this guy, when there was no free agency to worry about.
  20. richgedman'sghost

    richgedman'sghost Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I read in a story by Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that Robinson was involved in some sort of off the field incident where he pulled a gun on someone. After the incident, Robinson was never viewed the same by Reds fans. Remember, Cincy is pretty close to Kentucky and in the 1960s was a very racist city.
  21. Jim Ed Rice in HOF

    Jim Ed Rice in HOF Red-headed Skrub child SoSH Member

    Schilling had a pretty good write up on Robinson who was his manager in Baltimore.
  22. Van Everyman

    Van Everyman Member SoSH Member

    Agreed – it’s really funny and self-deprecating as well. Thanks for sharing.
  23. YTF

    YTF Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    I began following baseball in the late 60's and Robby was one of the game's most feared hitters. It saddens me to see the players from this era slip away. Given all that he has accomplished in MLB it is truly amazing that his name is seldom mentioned when people discuss the all time great players of the game. A true baseball "lifer", how many other players with his level of on field success can you think of who continued representing the game as he did? Baseball truly was in the man's blood.
  24. loshjott

    loshjott Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    If you want a really deep dive from the WaPost's young beat writer (at the time) covering Robinson's year as the Nats' inaugural manager in 2005, here it is. One anecdote Sox fans can appreciate:

  25. John Marzano Olympic Hero

    John Marzano Olympic Hero has fancy plans, and pants to match Dope

    That was some serious shade thrown on Carter. I wonder why Robinson said that? Especially considering Carter was considered the best National League catcher not named Johnny Bench in the 1970s and 80s.
  26. YTF

    YTF Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Initially I thought perhaps a Cincinnati bias, but considering that the two were never teammates and Robinson seemed to have been ushered out of town prematurely that can't be it.
  27. Mugsy's Jock

    Mugsy's Jock Longtime Member Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I thought a time or two before giving Schilling the click, but this was worth it. Had never heard that awesome Phil Bradley story before, Thanks Jim Ed.

    Posted above the FRobby was a great guy, but that’s not how I (or the Schilling piece) remembers it. I recall a legendary hard ass, without time for humor because he wanted to beat you so badly. But he earned every bit of the respect he commanded, and more, because of his play and his comportment.

    @YTF makes a great point above — even knowledgeable baseball fans, if you wake them up in the middle of the night and ask them to name the ten greatest players of all time — might forget to include Frank. Fact is he probably belongs closer to #5 than #10.
  28. YTF

    YTF Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    I think it also says something that he retired as number four on the all time home run hitters list and 42 years later through the juiced ball and steroid eras he's still number 10.
  29. jaytftwofive

    jaytftwofive lurker

    Maybe the most under appreciated or underrated player of all time. And I believe involved in the most one sided trade of the modern era. Worse then the Lou Brock trade and the Ferguson Jenkins trade and even the Joe Morgan trade. Milt Pappas and a few others??? Anybody know why the Reds did something so stupid?? Was it race??? Can you imagine the 70, 71 Reds with him?? He got his revenge in 70 World Series. He was better then Clemente and comparable to Joe D.
  30. The Allented Mr Ripley

    The Allented Mr Ripley holden Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Here's an interesting article regarding the design of Camden Yards and Robinson's input in the process (he was Orioles manager at the time). I wasn't aware of his influence:

  31. dcmissle

    dcmissle Deflatigator Lifetime Member SoSH Member

  32. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

    My memories of Frank Robinson, the player, are from the Baltimore teams of the early 70s. He was the quiet slugger who didn't have the flashy play or the outsized personality. He just got it done.

    I think I was 8 when I got his baseball card. (This would be 1970.) And when I first discovered that he came up with the Reds - and had been the NL MVP - it felt disorienting, because, in those days of absolute team control, exceptional players were almost never traded. Discovering that not only had Robinson played for the Reds, but that he had been their superstar in a past life ... it just didn't make sense.

    Carter was a very good pallplayer. He was also reputed to be a me-first glory-hound who rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Frank Robinson was old school. He believed in merciless bench-jockeying and was openly contemptuous of what he saw as "weakness of character."


    I'm not surprised that he didn't care for Gary Carter.
  33. dcmissle

    dcmissle Deflatigator Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    This is the kind of teammate and man Frank Robinson was:


    He came to the majors at a very challenging time for African American ball players. Cincinnati then was not a hotbed of enlightened thinking.

    He refused to be intimidated, to allow anyone to strip him of dignity. That passed for “hothead” in more than a few places. That characterization is belied by the article above.

    In context, given where he hailed from, Brooks Robinson was a remarkable man also.
  34. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I had the opportunity to spend a decent bit of time talking to Brooks Robinson a few years back. He is a treasure and a gentleman. I asked him who he thought belonged in the HoF and wasn't in. He said Dwight Evans and Luis Tiant.
  35. Big John

    Big John lurker

    Tiant definitely belongs. Evans is borderline, although if Harold Baines got in, Evans should be a shoo-in. Baines was a DH. Evans was an outstanding right fielder. Doeas anyone keep stats on how many runs a right fielder saves because no one dares to go from first to third (or second to third) when he fields the ball?

    From one of the best baseball books of all time, Jim Brosnan's "The Long Season:"

    “Did you hear what Robinson said to Pinson after Vada hit the home run the other day? Pinson ran round the bases so fast you’d have thought he was trying to beat out a bunt,” I said. “Robby shakes Vada’s hand when he gets to the bench and says, ‘Little man, you just better stick to singles and leave the long ones to us cats who know how to act ’em out.’”

    Robinson wasn't a five tool player (weak throwing arm after an injury early in his career) but the four tools he had were pretty spectacular. He was old school too: leaned out over the plate and is currently 9th on the all-time HBP list. He would beat you any way he could.
  36. snowmanny

    snowmanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Late to this.
    So I have a very clear memory of being there for this, although i am trying to recall how I went on a Tuesday afternoon during the school year. Robinson had seen Wenz while managing in Winter Ball and knew he was straight gas.

    Here is Clif Keane in the April 16, 1969 Globe: "Frank hit the ball so hard over everything in leftfield that an astronaut would have acrophobia had he been perched on it."

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