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Wilbert Chocolate Drop Robinson
Wilbert Chocolate Drop Robinson
Published: 2015/06/01
Channel: msstep27
Sir Charles Jones, Bigg Robb & Wilbert Robinson Live In Concert! GREENVILLE, MS
Sir Charles Jones, Bigg Robb & Wilbert Robinson Live In Concert! GREENVILLE, MS
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: Make EZ-Money
OBM - Baseball Player - Wilbert Robinson
OBM - Baseball Player - Wilbert Robinson
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: Our Best Moments
Coach Wilbert Ellis on his friend & colleague, Coach Robinson
Coach Wilbert Ellis on his friend & colleague, Coach Robinson
Published: 2015/03/09
Channel: LaSportsHOF
Wilbert Chocolate Drop Robinson
Wilbert Chocolate Drop Robinson
Published: 2014/05/06
Channel: Stephanie Fort
Baseball Scrapbook Early 1900s
Baseball Scrapbook Early 1900s
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: historycomestolife
559 Fights #56 Ryan Yates vs Aniken Robinson
559 Fights #56 Ryan Yates vs Aniken Robinson
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: 559 Fights
Wilbert Burnett
Wilbert Burnett
Published: 2012/06/17
Channel: Larisha Robinson
#RIPNEPHEW MR.WILBERT ROBERTSON
#RIPNEPHEW MR.WILBERT ROBERTSON
Published: 2015/02/16
Channel: MsBIZZY1981
The one, the only -- Wilbert McAlister
The one, the only -- Wilbert McAlister
Published: 2014/09/01
Channel: Rebecca Kidd
The Hardest Puncher In Boxing History - Julian "The Hawk" Jackson
The Hardest Puncher In Boxing History - Julian "The Hawk" Jackson
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: GenghisConFilms
559 Fights #3 Wilbert Rogers vs Jose Aispuro
559 Fights #3 Wilbert Rogers vs Jose Aispuro
Published: 2017/06/15
Channel: 559 Fights
Ciara Renée - "No One Will Bruise" (Matthew Lee Robinson)
Ciara Renée - "No One Will Bruise" (Matthew Lee Robinson)
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: Matthew Lee Robinson
Baseball Scrapbook 1921
Baseball Scrapbook 1921
Published: 2010/06/28
Channel: historycomestolife
The Best Los Angeles Dodgers Managers of All Time
The Best Los Angeles Dodgers Managers of All Time
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Ranked Videos
MLB: Six Hits in a Game by One Player
MLB: Six Hits in a Game by One Player
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Andrew Boucher
MLB: 10+ RBIs in a Game by One Player
MLB: 10+ RBIs in a Game by One Player
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Andrew Boucher
Skoot or Die!
Skoot or Die!
Published: 2007/02/17
Channel: shlomotion
Rev Boyd Robinson @ Kingdom Dominion International, TCI with Pastors Wilbert & Christine Jennings
Rev Boyd Robinson @ Kingdom Dominion International, TCI with Pastors Wilbert & Christine Jennings
Published: 2017/08/27
Channel: Marjorie Robinson
Voices of Triumph Choir ~  "When I Get Home" ~ Lead Vocalist - Wilbert Arnold Jr.
Voices of Triumph Choir ~ "When I Get Home" ~ Lead Vocalist - Wilbert Arnold Jr.
Published: 2010/09/09
Channel: stephen arnold
Ten Players elected into Hall of Fame on July 10
Ten Players elected into Hall of Fame on July 10
Published: 2011/10/01
Channel: Littleebbets
Iceman snow day
Iceman snow day
Published: 2013/03/10
Channel: Wilbert Robinson
CGI VFX Spot HD: "Shark" - by Vernon Wilbert
CGI VFX Spot HD: "Shark" - by Vernon Wilbert
Published: 2014/05/13
Channel: The CGBros
Whatever
Whatever
Published: 2016/07/14
Channel: Wilbert Robinson
The next kobe
The next kobe
Published: 2013/05/17
Channel: Wilbert Robinson
Coming Soon: Kees Hulsmann & Marian Bolt, Scott Fagan, Wilbert de Joode
Coming Soon: Kees Hulsmann & Marian Bolt, Scott Fagan, Wilbert de Joode
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: vpro vrije geluiden
Bone Dry by Dave Wilbert
Bone Dry by Dave Wilbert
Published: 2006/10/17
Channel: Brett Morgen
Kansas City ~ Wilbert Harrison
Kansas City ~ Wilbert Harrison
Published: 2014/02/22
Channel: Cary Buffington
"Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison
"Kansas City" by Wilbert Harrison
Published: 2015/02/25
Channel: Daily Doo Wop
Wilbert Harrison KANSAS CITY TRIBUTE!  HQ
Wilbert Harrison KANSAS CITY TRIBUTE! HQ
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: Larry Hinze
Dodger Game
Dodger Game
Published: 2007/01/04
Channel: robtfdfbvv
Dylan Wilbert
Dylan Wilbert
Published: 2010/08/19
Channel: Kassandra Robinson
Week 2 Robinson vs Woodson
Week 2 Robinson vs Woodson
Published: 2014/09/18
Channel: Robinson GMR
Robinson Football Clip Week 2 vs Woodson
Robinson Football Clip Week 2 vs Woodson
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Robinson GMR
W.T. Woodson cavalry Storms the Court
W.T. Woodson cavalry Storms the Court
Published: 2014/03/03
Channel: TheSportsGeek2017
Pirates history: rennie stennett gets seven hits in nine inning game
Pirates history: rennie stennett gets seven hits in nine inning game
Published: 2017/09/16
Channel: MLB NEWS
Amani Robinson 22shot
Amani Robinson 22shot
Published: 2015/06/01
Channel: Sir Charles Robinson
Change the world without taking yourself too seriously | Wilbert van de Kamp | TEDxYouth@Groningen
Change the world without taking yourself too seriously | Wilbert van de Kamp | TEDxYouth@Groningen
Published: 2016/05/31
Channel: TEDx Talks
OBM - Head Coach - Robinson, Wilbert
OBM - Head Coach - Robinson, Wilbert
Published: 2016/10/21
Channel: Our Best Moments
Out of Gas - Floyd Robinson 1959 HQ Lyrics MusiClypz
Out of Gas - Floyd Robinson 1959 HQ Lyrics MusiClypz
Published: 2016/06/30
Channel: Jonathon Trealey
Wilbert Harrison - Stagger Lee
Wilbert Harrison - Stagger Lee
Published: 2014/07/30
Channel: John1948ThirteenD
Landstown Edges WT Woodson in Va. 6A Semis - DMVelite.com
Landstown Edges WT Woodson in Va. 6A Semis - DMVelite.com
Published: 2014/03/09
Channel: Marcus Helton
Wilbert "The Vampire" Johnson
Wilbert "The Vampire" Johnson's Classic Fights
Published: 2008/12/10
Channel: Ghetto Styles
Dr. Wilbert Ellis Interview With NBTV Host Stanley Everage
Dr. Wilbert Ellis Interview With NBTV Host Stanley Everage
Published: 2011/01/13
Channel: NBTV OFFICIAL CHANNEL
Homeboy Sandman - The Things They Carried (feat. John Robinson & Daniel Joseph)
Homeboy Sandman - The Things They Carried (feat. John Robinson & Daniel Joseph)
Published: 2010/07/17
Channel: Mad Villain
Jackie Wilson "Lonely Teardrops"
Jackie Wilson "Lonely Teardrops"
Published: 2012/12/08
Channel: NRRArchives
Salima speaks to Wilbert Hart of the original Delfonics Pt 2
Salima speaks to Wilbert Hart of the original Delfonics Pt 2
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Brett Jolly
559 Fights #56 Devon Brock vs Joseph Robinson
559 Fights #56 Devon Brock vs Joseph Robinson
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: 559 Fights
2012 State Cup Semifinal - Wilbert Perez Goal vs SCUFC 97 Elite.mp4
2012 State Cup Semifinal - Wilbert Perez Goal vs SCUFC 97 Elite.mp4
Published: 2012/05/13
Channel: Emilio Cerra
T.C. Williams High School vs. W. T. Woodson High School
T.C. Williams High School vs. W. T. Woodson High School
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: Alexandria City Public Schools
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Wilbert Robinson
Wilbert Robinson 1916.jpg
Catcher/Manager
Born: (1863-06-29)June 29, 1863
Bolton, Massachusetts
Died: August 8, 1934(1934-08-08) (aged 71)
Atlanta, Georgia
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1886, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1902, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .273
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 722
Teams

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As Manager:

Career highlights and awards

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Member of the National
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Inducted 1945
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Wilbert Robinson (June 29, 1863 – August 8, 1934), nicknamed "Uncle Robbie", was an American catcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

Career[edit]

Born in Bolton, Massachusetts, Robinson was a catcher in the minor New England League in 1885 and made it to the major leagues in 1886 with the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association, where he remained until 1890. He lasted in the majors until 1902, playing much of his career with two separate Baltimore Orioles franchises – from 1890 to 1899 with the Orioles team which folded after the 1899 National League season, and in 1901–02 with the American League team which moved to New York City in 1903 and became the Yankees. He also spent one season, 1900, with the St. Louis Cardinals.

1895 Baseball Card

Over the course of his career, Robinson played 1,316 games as a catcher, which prepared him for his second baseball career as a manager. The star catcher of the Orioles dynasty which won three straight titles from 1894 to 1896, he compiled a career batting average of .273, with a peak of .353 in the heavy-hitting season of 1894. Durable behind the plate, he caught a triple-header in 1896, followed by a double-header the following day. He also was the first catcher to play directly behind the batter at all times, as the previous practice had been to play farther back when there were fewer than two strikes. A highlight of his career was a seven-hit game June 10, 1892. He also batted in 11 runs in that game; on September 16, 1924, as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he saw that record eclipsed as Jim Bottomley of the St. Louis Cardinals batted in 12 runs. (Robinson, whose team was in contention for the pennant at the time, lamented, "Why did he have to save all those hits for us? Couldn't he have made some of them against [ Giants manager] McGraw?")

While owners of a bowling, billiards and pool hall in Baltimore, Robinson and McGraw introduced the sport of duckpin bowling within the city of Baltimore in 1899.

AL Orioles[edit]

Robinson and McGraw joined as business partners in the Baltimore Orioles, a team that would debut in the new American League in 1901.[1] McGraw served as player-manager of the AL Orioles in 1901 and the beginning of the 1902 season, at which point he departed to the New York Giants. Robinson succeeded McGraw as manager of the Orioles.

After the season, McGraw enticed Robinson to be his pitching coach from 1903 to 1913, during which time the Giants won five NL pennants.

Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

Robinson would not don the manager's cap again in the majors until 1914, when he took over the Brooklyn franchise in the National League. The team was known by various nicknames, including Bridegrooms, Superbas, and Dodgers, but during Robinson's managerial tenure, which lasted until 1931, the club was as often referred to as the "Robins" in honor of their manager, who had acquired the nickname "Uncle Robbie". (The frequently error-prone Dodger teams of this era were also sometimes derisively known as "Uncle Robbie's Daffiness Boys".)

In his 18 years at the helm of the Brooks, Robinson compiled a record of 1375–1341, including National League championships in 1916 and 1920 – Brooklyn's only pennants between 1901 and 1940. Those two clubs lost in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, respectively. His 1375 NL victories were, at the time, the 3rd-highest total in NL history, trailing only the totals of McGraw (then with 2652) and Fred Clarke (1602).

Robinson was highly regarded for his ability to draw outstanding performances from his pitching staffs, a result of his many years as a catcher. Among the pitchers he guided to success were Joe McGinnity with both Orioles teams and the Giants, Rube Marquard with the Giants, and Dazzy Vance and Burleigh Grimes with the Dodgers. Another pitcher who would later recall Robinson's excellent advice, although they never played together during a regular season, was John Tener, who in the 1910s served simultaneously as NL president and Governor of Pennsylvania.

Robinson was manager when Al López started out as a catcher in the majors. Robinson watched Lopez' style and finally hollered, "Tell that punk he got two hands to catch with! Never mind the Fancy Dan stuff." Lopez went on to eventually surpass Robinson's record of games behind the plate.

Robinson and Ruth Law[edit]

On March 13, 1915, at spring training in Daytona Beach, Florida, Robinson decided to try to set a record of sorts by catching a baseball dropped from an airplane being flown 525 feet (160 m) overhead. Ruth Law, the aviator, supposedly forgot to bring a baseball and instead dropped a grapefruit, which splattered all over the manager. The grapefruit made such a mess that Robinson thought he had lost his eye because of the acid and the bloodlike splatter that covered him. He quickly realized that it was a joke when he saw his teammates burst out in laughter. Outfielder Casey Stengel, later a successful manager himself, is generally believed to have convinced Law to make the switch. From this point on Robinson referred to airplanes as fruit flies.

Retirement and death[edit]

After his retirement from managing, Robinson became the president of the Atlanta Crackers minor league team. He died in Atlanta at 71 years of age following a brain hemorrhage, and was buried in the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore.

Family[edit]

Robinson's brother, Fred Robinson, also played briefly in the majors, appearing in 3 games for the 1884 Cincinnati Outlaw Reds of the Union Association.

Legacy[edit]

Plaque of Wilbert Robinson at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Old-Timers Committee.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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