Eddie Robinson, Former Oldest Living MLB Player, Dies at Age 100

Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson died at the age of 100 at his home in Texas. He celebrated that milestone in December. He visited Spring Training last February and was somewhat of a regular at Texas Rangers home games.

Eddie Robinson- Baseball Life

Eddie Robinson

Robinson spent six decades in professional baseball having served various capacities in his career. He was GM for the Rangers from 1976-1982.

He was the last surviving player of the 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series champions. Eddie Robinson spent 3 seasons as a big leaguer and was a first baseman . He played for seven of the eight American League teams of his era. Robinson was a 4 time All Star in his career. He last played on September 15, 1957 for Baltimore.

When he retired he began coaching for Baltimore and then moved to a position in player development and scouting for the Orioles and other teams. In 1972, he accepted a position a General Manager of the Atlanta Braves then left in 1976 and accepted the GM job in Texas. George Steinbrenner hired him as a scout and consultant for the Yankees in the 1980’s. His last job in professional baseball was as a scout for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Eddie Robinson made his major league debut on September 9,1942 an then served in the military before returning to Cleveland. His baseball career took him as a player for the Washington Senators in 1949-1950, Chicago White Sox 1950-1952, Philadelphia Athletics in 1953, New York Yankees 1954-1956, Detroit Tigers in 1957 and Baltimore also in 1957.

Thee only team in the American League he didn’t  play for was the Boston Red Sox.

Eddie Robinson Career Numbers

In his career, Robinson hit ,268 which included 172 home runs and 732 RBI’s in 1315 career games. He had three 100 RBI season in a row and smacked over 20 homers in s a season three times.

He was the author of a book titled,  “Lucky Me: My Sixty-five Years in Baseball”, Also, in 2020, Robinson began hosting the podcast “The Golden Age of Baseball,” which he continued recording until shortly before his death.

Robinson is survived by his second wife, Bette, and his four sons, Robby, Marc, Paul and Drew.

 

 

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