Robinson, Wilbert

Wilbert Robinson
Born: June 29, 1863, Bolton, Massachusetts
Died: August 8, 1934, Atlanta, Georgia
Played For: 
Philadelphia Athletics (1886-1890), Baltimore Orioles NL (1890-1899), St. Louis Cardinals (1900), Baltimore Orioles AL (1901-1902)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945

Wilbert Robinson rose to prominence as a catcher for the savvy, hard-nosed Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s, setting a record in 1892 with seven hits in a nine-inning game. After serving as a Giants coach for his ex-teammate and close friend John McGraw, Uncle Robbie was named manager of the rival Brooklyn franchise in 1914. Maintaining his jovial and easygoing demeanor, he led the Robins to their first two World Series appearances in 1916 and 1920.

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Did You Know: 
that in spring training of 1917 Wilbert Robinson bragged he could catch a ball thrown from an airplane, but a grapefruit was secretly substituted and it exploded on impact with his glove?
Only God can give a man a fast ball.