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 Wilbert Robinson

Wilbert Robinson

Birth
Bolton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 8 Aug 1934 (aged 71)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section YY, Lot 70
Memorial ID 4214 · View Source
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Professional Baseball Player, Manager. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945, Robinson was a Major League catcher for 17 seasons and a manager for 18 seasons. He was affectionately referred to as "Uncle Robbie" by his players when he managed the Brooklyn Dodgers, who were also known as the Robins in honor of him. He began his professional career in the New England Minor League in 1885 and made his big league debut in 1886 with the Philadelphia Athletics when he was 22 years old. He was the star catcher for the Baltimore Orioles during a stretch of three consecutive pennant seasons and also played for the St. Louis Cardinals. His finest season came in 1894 when he hit .353 and drove in 98 runs. He had several career highlights, including setting two Major League records in one game in 1892, when he collected seven hits and eleven runs batted in during a nine inning game. The hits record has never been eclipsed and was matched only once, 83 years later by Rennie Stennett in 1975, while the RBI record stood for 32 years. He caught a triple header in 1896 and batted .293 in 91 games as a player-manager with Baltimore in his final season when he was 39 years old. He played in a total of 1,371 games and carried a lifetime batting average of .273. He then became a pitching coach with the New York Giants on the staff of his long time friend, John McGraw, until they had a falling out in 1913. The following season, he signed a contract to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers and served in that capacity for 17 seasons. Brooklyn won the pennant in 1916 and 1920, but were denied becoming world champions, losing in both appearances at the World Series. As a manager, he won 1375 games against 1341 losses. He was known as jovial and outgoing with an incredible sense of humor, once bragging that he could catch a baseball thrown from an airplane. The act was set up in 1917 (except with the joke being played on him). The airplane pilot that agreed to participate substituted the baseball for a grapefruit, and it exploded as soon as it hit Robinson's glove, knocking him to the ground and covering him in grapefruit juice.

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  • Added: 28 Dec 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4214
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wilbert Robinson (29 Jun 1863–8 Aug 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4214, citing New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .