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  • Eddie Robinson R.I.P.

    Eddie Robinson, former Sox power hitting first baseman passed away today at the age of 100.

    He was the oldest living player.

    Robinson played for the Sox from 1950-1952, hitting 71 home runs in that time. He held the White Sox record with 29 set in the 1951 season when he also drove in 117 RBI’s. In 1952 he drove in 104 RBI’s.

    1951 was the start of the Sox “Golden Age,” the first of 17 straight winning seasons.

    For a power hitter he also hit for a very high average. In the three years with the Sox, he recorded averages of .314, .282 and .296 and rarely struck out.

    He was a two-time All-Star with the Sox being named to both the 1951 and 1952 squads. He started at first base in the 1952 contest and went 1-2 in the five-inning rain shortened game in Philadelphia.

    The White Sox got him in a six-player deal with the Senators on May 31, 1950 and sent him to the Philadelphia A’s in January 1953 as part of a five-player trade. The key man the Sox got back in return was two-time A.L. batting champ Ferris “Burrhead” Fain.

    Robinson also became the first Sox player to ever hit a ball over the roof at the original Comiskey Park when he did it on April 25, 1951 against the Browns Al Widmar in a game the Sox won 8-6.

    He also played for the Indians, Senators, Athletics, Yankees, Tigers and Orioles.

    After he retired, he was a front office executive and scout for a number of big-league clubs.

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  • #2
    Wow, 100 years old. Along with Nellie, Billy, Minnie, Jungle Jim, Chico Carrasquel, and Jim Busby, Eddie Robinson is one of the guys I still can remember from the early GO GO years. May he RIP.
    Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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    • #3
      If you look closely at that photo of Robinson it is from the 1951 season (because of the patch on the sleeve) you'll notice the construction of the center field scoreboard taking place. The steel framework is up.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lipman 1 View Post
        If you look closely at that photo of Robinson it is from the 1951 season (because of the patch on the sleeve) you'll notice the construction of the center field scoreboard taking place. The steel framework is up.
        I also noticed that.
        Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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        • #5
          Great write up Lip - thanks for this.

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