7. Frank Robinson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 31, 1935 in Beaumont, TX USA
  • Weight: 183 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 17, 1956
  • Final Game: September 18, 1976
  • Rookie of the Year - 1956
  • Gold Glove - 1958
  • Most Valuable Player - 1961
  • TSN All-Star - 1961
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1961
  • TSN All-Star - 1962
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1966
  • Most Valuable Player - 1966
  • Triple Crown - 1966
  • TSN All-Star - 1966
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1966
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1966
  • World Series MVP - 1966
  • TSN All-Star - 1967
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1971
 
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Before the 1966 season, Frank Robinson was traded to Baltimore from the Cincinnati Reds.  With Cincinnati, Robinson was a Rookie of the Year, MVP, and had five 30 Home Run seasons.  Despite this success, the Reds owner, Bill DeWitt, engineered trading him to Baltimore for Jack Baldschun, Milt Pappas, and Dick Simpson.  DeWitt defended his decision, calling Robinson an "old 30."  The legendary outfielder would respond with the greatest season of his career and put the Orioles on the map for good.

That year was 1966, and Robinson won the American League MVP, making the first player who won the prestigious award in both leagues.  He led the AL in Runs (122), Home Runs (49), RBIs (122), and the Slash Line (.316/.410/.637), and he led Baltimore to their first World Series Title.  Robinson was an All-Star that year, and four more times.  He would proceed to have three more .300 years, with two of them seeing him hit the 30 Home Run mark.  Robinson aided them in winning the 1970 World Series.  He left Baltimore when he was traded to the Dodgers in 1971.  In the six seasons, he was in Baltimore, Robinson would have a Slash Line of .300/.401/.543 with 882 Hits and 179 Home Runs.

Robinson would go into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 in his first year of eligibility.  The Orioles retired his number #20, and along with Brooks Robinson, he would be a charter member of the Orioles Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Outfield
  • Acquired: Traded from the Cincinnati Reds for Jack Baldschun, Milt Pappas, and Dick Simpson 12/9/65.
  • Departed: Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Pete Richert for Doyle Alexander, Bob O'Brien, Sergio Robles, and Royle Stillman 12/2/71.
  • Games Played: 827
  • Notable Statistics: 555 Runs
    882 Hits
    143 Doubles
    18 Triples
    179 Home Runs
    545 Runs Batted In
    35 Stolen Bases
    .300/.401/.543 Slash Line
    32.4 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1966 & 1970)
    MVP (1966)
    All-Star (1966, 1967, 1969, 1970 & 1971)
    Highest bWAR for Position Players (1966)
    Highest Offensive bWAR (1966)
    Highest Batting Average (1966)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1966)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1966)
    Highest OPS (1966)
    Most Runs Scored (1966)
    Most Total Bases (1966)
    Most Home Runs (1966)
    Most Runs Batted In (1966)
    Highest OPS+ (1966)
    Most Hit By Pitch (1969)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1969)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Rightfielder (1966 & 1970)

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