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APRIL 28 (1956) - Robinson*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 28, 2007 - 9:47 PM

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On par with Mantle, Mays, Aaron

 

CINCINNATI , OHIO , APRIL 28, 1956 Today in baseball, Cincinnati Redlegs rookie left fielder Frank Robinson hit his first major league home run. He would hit 585 more. The home run came in the 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Was Frank Robinson under appreciated? You be the judge. He’s the only player to be MVP in both leagues (National League in 1961, American League in 1966). He’s a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He had a lifetime average of .294, drove in 1,812 runs and played on 3 World Series teams (Cincinnati Reds-1961, Baltimore Orioles-1966, 1970), 2 of which were winners. He’s one of just 14 players in major league history to win the Triple Crown (lead the league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in).

Speaking of Triple Crown Winners, there hasn’t been one since 1967. Here are past winners:

Player (Team) Year                   Avg     HR    RBI

Paul Hines (Providence-NL) 1878     .358     4    50

Hugh Duffy (Boston-NL) 1894          .438    18   145

Nap Lajoie (Philadelphia-AL) 1901    .422    14   125

Ty Cobb (Detroit-AL) 1909            .377    9    115

Heinie Zimmerman (Chi-NL) 1912       .372    14   103

Rogers Hornsby (St. L-NL) 1922       .401    42   152

Rogers Hornsby (St. L-NL) 1925       .403    39   143

Jimmie Foxx (Philadelphia-AL) 1933   .356    48   163

Chuck Klein (Philadelphia-NL) 1933   .368    28   120

Lou Gehrig (New York-AL) 1934        .363    49   165

Joe Medwick (St. Louis-NL) 1937      .374    31   154

Ted Williams (Boston-AL) 1942        .356    36   137

Ted Williams (Boston-AL) 1947        .343    32   114

Mickey Mantle (New York-AL) 1956     .353    52   130

Frank Robinson (Balt-AL) 1966        .316    49   122

Carl Yastrzemski (Boston-AL) 1967    .326    44    121

Maybe “Frank Robinson” doesn’t roll off the tongue like Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays because he played for 5 different teams, and seemed to have a permanent scowl on his face, but his numbers are remarkable.

Read on:
http://www.retrosheet.org/

http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/robinfr02.php


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