Major League Baseball Player, Executive. For thirteen-seasons (1942 and 1946 to 1957), he played at the first-base position with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles. Born William Edward Robinson, he attended Paris Junior College prior to signing with the Cleveland Indians in 1942. He made his Major League debut on September 9, 1942 and played in eight games that season. His career was interrupted for three years while he served with the United States Navy during World War II (1943 to 1945). Robinson was the starting first-baseman with the Cleveland Indians when they won the 1948 World Championship and during the 1948 World Series against the Boston Braves, he hit an impressive .300 during 6 games in 21 plate appearances. In 1949, he achieved all star status the first of four-times (also 1951 to 1953) and in 1951, he drove in a career-high 117 RBIs. While with the Yankees, he experienced an American League Pennant winning year (1955) and during the 1955 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, he produced a remarkable .667 batting average. In 1,315 career regular season games, he compiled 1,146 hits, with a .268 lifetime batting average. After retiring as a player, he went on to serve with several front offices including the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros and Kansas City Athletics. Additionally, he served as general manager of the Atlanta Braves from 1972 until 1975 and general manager of the Texas Rangers from 1977 until 1982. Robinson had the distinction of attending the 2016 World Series which saw the Chicago Cubs defeat the Cleveland Indians. At the time of his death, he was the last living member of the 1948 Cleveland Indians World Champion Team.
Bio by: C.S.