Frank Robinson, Baseball Legend and Former Indian Player/ Manger Has Passed Away.

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Hovenaut's picture

One of baseball's best, this is sad news.

RIP, Frank Robinson.

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t-dub's picture

Awesome player, great man, and a pioneer.  I don't want to make too much of the sports side in light of the gravity that accompanies some of the things in life, but He truly helped make America a better place. Cancer sucks. Go Tribe!  Thanks Frank Robinson

"What is our aim, I can tell you in one word. Victory" Winston Churchill

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NHBuckeye's picture

Dammit this is really sad news.  Loved watching him as a kid.

FU Cancer.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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TkeBuck's picture

i have this card. this man was all nuts and bolts..,both on and off the field. so many great memories. rip

klusewski

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lamplighter's picture

That's how I remember him. RIP Frank

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Buctor's picture

Me too!!!

Few pro team trades upset me more than trading him away from the reds.  Certainly did not hurt his career though.

RIP sir.  Prayers for his family.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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osu78's picture

The city of Baltimore and the Orioles say thank you to C\the Reds...

Brooks, Frank, Boog, Belanger, Johnson, Blair, Aparicio, McNally, Watt, the list goes on an that was just 1966. Then of course, there was 1970

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BengalBuck's picture

Frank, Roberto Clemente & Vada Pinson are the three players I admired most as a child and the primary reason I played baseball.

I'll miss Frank as much has I've missed Crosley Field.

Good times...

Neil Armstrong lied to me...

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Seattle Linga's picture

No matter how you slice it - Cancer SUCKS !!

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Floyd Stahl's picture

One of the greats. RIP, Frank.

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LCT's picture

The 2nd most consequential Robinson in MLB history. RIP.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 8-1, C 7-0, T 4-0

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analyticalguy's picture

Good thing the Reds got rid of him when he was an old 30. You know, because he didn't have much more baseball in him by then. /s

RIP, Frank. 

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Major H's picture

That's when baseball became a business for me and not just a game. "Old 30" right! Thanks for the memories, Frank Robinson!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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BengalBuck's picture

Baseball became a business for me in 1976 with the advent of free agency. It's never been the same and my interest in all pro sports has waned over the years. Baseball & basketball in particular. I'm hanging on to football for now but even that game has become over regulated, politicized and mismanaged to a point where it's unwatchable.

I fear "college" sports will suffer a similar fate. It's a damn shame as it's one of the last bastions against the insanity of our world today that provides any kind of succor or refuge for me.

Frank's passing is a reminder to me that triggers thoughts of days gone by when life was simpler and not that complex.

Neil Armstrong lied to me...

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buckeyefan67's picture

I remember how bummed I was when he was traded to the Orioles.  RIP Frank .

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stxbuck's picture

Only Red to ever win the Triple Crown-even if he had to do it in Baltimore! RIP

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BUCKSOMIES's picture

One of the greats of the game of baseball and the game of life. 

RIP Frank Robinson.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Always classy both on and off the field. 

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Chitownbuckeyecpa's picture

One of the greats of his era.  I remember him on the early-mid 60's Reds teams with Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Vada Pinson and others before he got traded only to win the triple crown the next year in Baltimore.  Even though he's a Hall of Famer he probably didn't get as much credit as he should have since he played in the same  era as Mays, Mantle, Aaron, Musial, Clemente and some others that I'm probably forgetting.

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analyticalguy's picture

Perez only made it to Reds for a "cup of coffee" at the end of 1964, Frank's last year with the team. Rose by then was the 2nd baseman, and Robinson was joined in the outfield by Pinson and Tommy Harper.

Yep, there were a lot of great (slugging) outfielders in that era, those you mentioned plus Ted Williams (overlapping a couple years with Robinson), Snyder, Billy Williams, Kaline, Stargell, plus a a number of other great sluggers at other positions - McCovey, Mathews, Killebrew, Banks, Cepeda, Yasztremski - and none of them with a steroid boost.

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Chitownbuckeyecpa's picture

1965 was actually Robinson's last year in Cincy and Perez  played about 100 games that year.  I looked it up to make sure I didn't have my years mixed up (easy for me to do) and didn't realize that Perez played for 23 years from 1964 to 1986.

All those other guys you mentioned were outstanding as well.  Just too many good players back then to remember or mention all of them.  We could make another long list of great pitchers from the 60's too.

Man those were great days for a kid that went to a lot of games at Crosley Field.

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analyticalguy's picture

You're right. I was thinking about it after posting. My memory USUALLY works better on things 50 years ago (just not so well for more recent events)

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BuckminsterFullback's picture

Yastrzemski was primarily a left fielder (6 gold gloves), switched to 1B when he was 33, then actually switched back to LF as a 37-year old (and won another GG).

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

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allinosu's picture

RIP Frank. Most of the legends of my youth are gone.

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Cooper's picture

Frank and Jackie Robinson were both my heroes growing up as a child. Sad news.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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TkeBuck's picture

the greats of that era are almost all gone. time waits for no man.

klusewski

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jpfbucks01's picture

The trade by the Reds is often held up as maybe the worst in baseball history, incredible how stupid the trade was

All he did the year before they let him go was bat nearly .300 hit 33 dingers and drive in over 115 fo a 925 ops

Bad enough they trade away a guy who would play in 6 more AS games, would win an MVP and be in the top 3 two other times, but they got nothing for him!!

Milt Pappas was the best player they got and he had been a solid starter for Baltimore up to that time but no where near Frank's level, and in 2+ years he would go 30-29 with a 4.04 ERA and the Reds would trade him to Atlanta witha  couple other guys to get Clay Carroll, Tony Cloninger and Woody Woodward who would all be solid players in the 1970 Division winner that would lose to Robinson and the Baltimore in the WS.

Jack Baldschun had been with Baltimore for 3 days having been traded by Philly to Baltimore and at Philly he had been a mediocre reliever, he would go 1-5 with a 5.25 era for the Reds before they released him

Dick Simpson was a young OF who had been on Baltimore for a week having picked him up from the Angels, he had played only 35 MLB games at that point. In 2 years with the Reds as primarily a back up he would bat .225 and be traded to ST Louis for OF Alex Johnson who would be a solid starter for the Reds for a couple years before being trade away for among others Pedro Borbon

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Major H's picture

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Jpf.

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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analyticalguy's picture

My favorite Tony Cloninger stat - as a pitcher for the Braves, he hit two grand slams and drove in a total of 9 runs in one game.

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DUNNELLONFLBUCK's picture

I remember my dad taking me to Crosley field when I was little and watching the Reds play the Dodgers at night.  What I remember about that game was Frank Robinson hitting a home run off Sandy Koufax and the ball going over the big clock in left center field. Was a big deal in Cincy as Koufax played at UC.  A magical night with my dad.

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analyticalguy's picture

Was that the same game (in 1965?) that Leo Cardenas won with a walk-off homer leading off the ninth? I was at that game, and know Robinson hit a home run, and I believe it was Koufax pitching. Score was 7-6.

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Knarcisi's picture

One of the more underrated players of all time, in my opinion. He played at the same time as Mays, Aaron, and Mantle and tends to get overshadowed. 

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Page Turner's picture

I believe he hit a home run, maybe a game winner or walk off, in his first game as the Indians player-manager.  Used to crowd the plate and dare pitchers to throw inside, which led to a lot of HBPs.  Great competitor, tremendous knowledge of baseball the way it should be played, and a better man.  RIP

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c11058's picture

FR did indeed hit a home run during opening day of his first season of player/manager.  I was lucky enough to get out of school on that day and go to the game.  I'll always remember that homer.  I can't recall if it was a walk off but it gave the Tribe fans something to cheer about as we had another one of those below average lineups.  Our Manager might have been the most talented player on that squad.  RIP, Frank Robinson!

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PRO8's picture

Yep I was there also.... I was going to say he homered his first game as player /manager and IIRC they won.

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Brutus For President's picture

I was there as well!  Parents let me ditch school (sixth grade) for the one and only time of my youth!  He did put him self in the game to pinch hit (bottom of 1st) as the Tribe beat the Yankees 5-3  Gaylord Perry got the win.  I went home thinking "this was our year"!!!  Sure, finished 4th!

"My aim, then, was to whip (TTUN), to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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NorthBerg's picture

One of my last "boys of summer" as time marches on. I am sure he is shagging fungos with Vada, Wally, and Gus.

Too much time spent at the North Heidelberg rather than the classroom. SSD 68-72

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OSU56's picture

I went to some games when he managed and played- RIP Mr. Robinson.

Enjoying daily the 62-39 ttun beatdown.

 

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GuidedByVoices's picture

Very sad. I had the chance to meet this great man/player. I was 19 years old with some buddies on spring break in Florida in '89. We sat down at the Denny's counter next to two older guys... which happened to be Frank and Cal Sr. getting breakfast before heading to Orioles spring training. They couldn't have been nicer, especially Mr. MVP.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

I remember back in the day Schottenstien's used to bring in retired players to sign autographs. I got to meet quite a few, but Warren Spahn sticks out. My buddy wore a really inappropriate t-shirt and Spahn gave him the business. 

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Brutus For President's picture
Did it look like this?

"My aim, then, was to whip (TTUN), to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us." - William Tecumseh Sherman

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BuckeyeChief's picture

It was one pig mounted on another pig and it said “Makin’ Bacon”. Warren Spahn lost his mind.

In fairness, I found out later that the father was really f’ed up...I won’t say much else but it was sad. In some ways, the shit going on in my ‘hood was tragic.

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