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Frank Robinson from the Chronology
Nov 14, 2006 - The Nationals name 37-year-old Mets coach Manny Acta as their new manager. Acta becomes the youngest manager in the ML, replacing Frank Robinson, who, for the sake of poetic justice, had been the oldest.
Apr 3, 2006 - The Orioles open their season with a 9-6 win over the Devil Rays. CF Luis Matos becomes the first player in Orioles history to homer in back-to-back opening days since Frank Robinson in 1969-70.
Jul 16, 2004 - Against the Expos Jacque Jones homers in the 9th to tie the score at 4-4 and then the Twins win it in the 11th on a leadoff HR into the LF stands by Luis Rivas. Expo manager Frank Robinson is ejected for protesting that the hit was foul: replays show Robby correct. This is Robinson's 3rd ejection as a manager of the Expos and he and Don Zimmer Leo Durocher and Casey Stengel are the only major leaguers ejected from games in six decades.
Feb 12, 2002 - Mets assistant general manager Omar Minaya becomes the first Hispanic GM by accepting the position with the Montreal Expos. Frank Robinson is also announced as the manager of the team which will be run by Major League Baseball for the 2002 season.
Sep 25, 2001 - The hot Oakland A's slug the Angels 9-3 using an 8-run 7th inning. It's the A's 13th home win in a row. Jeremy Giambi has a 3-run pinch double in the big frame. Angels SS David Eckstein ties the major league rookie record with his 20th HBP tying the mark set by Frank Robinson in 1956.
Aug 9, 2001 - Yankees P Ted Lilly is suspended for 6 games for hitting Anaheim's Scott Speizio in the head with a pitch in a game last Sunday. NY manager Joe Torre rips into baseball's dean of discipline Frank Robinson for the decision. Lilly was not thrown out of the game by the umpires when the incident occurred.
Jul 19, 2001 - The Rockies obtain IF Alex Ochoa from the Reds for 2B Todd Walker and minor league OF Robin Jennings. The Reds also call up top OF prospect Adam Dunn who hit 32 homers in the minors this year 12 in 39 games for Chattanooga and 20 in 55 games for Louisville Dunn will clout 19 homers for the Reds including 12 in August setting the NL rookie record for most HR in any month. The old mark of 11 was set by Frank Robinson in August 1956. The only other rookies to hit more HR in a month were Rudy York (18 August 1937) Mark McGwire (May 1987) and Jimmie Hall (13 August 1963). With 50 homers in OB in a season Dunn is the 3rd youngest to do it; Tony Lazzeri (1925) and Calvin Felix (4 days younger) in 1947 were younger. Erubial Durazo in 1999 was the first player to reach double figures in HRs with 2minor league teams and a ML team in one year.
May 21, 1996 - At Fenway Park Seattle pounds out 19 hits to beat Boston 13-7. Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the 7th-youngest player to collect 200th homers when he connects in the M's 6-run 4th inning: Ott Mathews Foxx Mantle Frank Robinson and Aaron were all younger. Jay Buhner hits a 2-run shot in the inning the 5th game in a row he's connected and Edgar Martinez adds 4 hits in the game.
Sep 4, 1995 - Chicago 3B Robin Ventura becomes the 8th player in history to hit 2 grand slams in a single game doing so in the 4th and 5th innings of the White Sox 14-3 win over the Rangers. The last to do it was Frank Robinson in 1970. Ventura adds a double and a walk.
Oct 18, 1991 - The managerial merry-go-round continues as Jim Essian is fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Managers axed to leave this year include Nick Leyva Frank Robinson John Wathan Buck Rodgers John McNamara Don Zimmer Doug Rader Bud Harrelson Jim Essian Tom Trebelhorn Joe Morgan (from Massachusetts) Stump Merrill and Jim Lefebvre.
Jun 2, 1989 - Eric Davis hits for the cycle in Cincinnati's 9-4 win over San Diego becoming the first Red to do so since Frank Robinson in 1959. Davis drives in 6 runs in his 4th straight multi-hit game.
Apr 12, 1988 - After leading his club to an 0-6 start Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr. is fired and replaced by Frank Robinson. Ripken was 68-101 since taking over for Earl Weaver last season. According to Elais Sports Bureau this is the quickest hook of a manager in a season in this century. The Tigers will match it in 2002.
Aug 14, 1987 - Oakland's Mark McGwire slugs his 39th home run of the season off Don Sutton in the 6th inning in a 12-inning 7-6 win over California breaking the ML record for rookies shared by Wally Berger and Frank Robinson. McGwire will finish the season with a whopping 49 homers.
Jan 13, 1982 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Aaron falls 9 votes shy of becoming the first-ever unanimous selection and his 97.8 election percentage is 2nd only to Ty Cobb's 98.2 percent in the inaugural 1936 election.
Sep 18, 1976 - In the first of two the Indians top the 2nd-place Orioles 5-1. In the nitecap Cleveland manager Frank Robinson makes his final ML appearance as a player when he pinch-hits in the 8th and singles against the Orioles Rudy May. The O's holds on to win 3-2.
Jul 1, 1976 - The Indians paste the Toledo Mud Hens 13-1 in an exhibition game in Toledo. Manager Frank Robinson hitting as the DH flies out to CF and while returning to the dugout exchanges angry words with Hens P Bob Reynolds. Suddenly Robby flattens Reynolds with a right-left combination and is quickly ejected from the game.
Jun 11, 1976 - Leading 4-3 in the last of the 11th White Sox reliever Terry Forster gives up a 2-run pinch homer to Cleveland player-manager Frank Robinson as the Tribe wins 5-4. This is a turning point for the Sox as they will go 37-75 for the rest of season and finish last.
Apr 8, 1975 - After Rachel Robinson widow of Jackie tosses out the first ball in Cleveland Frank Robinson the first black manager in ML history adds a dramatic touch by homering in his first Cleveland at bat (as a DH) during a 5-3 win over the visiting Yankees. For player-manager Robinson it is his 8th Opening Day HR setting a ML record. Starter Doc Medich is the loser going 5 innings and giving up all 5 runs. Gaylord goes all the way to win for the Tribe while Boog Powell backs him going 3-for-3 with a double and homer.
Jun 11, 1974 - Mel Stottlemyre makes his 272nd consecutive start with no relief appearances to set an AL record but he loses to California 5-4. In the 4th inning Stottelmyre feels a pop in his right shoulder after throwing a curve ball to Frank Robinson. It is a tear in his rotator cuff: he'll throw just 2 more innings his career over at 32. Dick Lange is the winning pitcher.
Jul 1, 1973 - At California the Twins' Jim Kaat fires a one-hitter to beat the Angels 2-1. Frank Robinson's HR in the 2nd is the only hit. This is the 2nd time in his career that Robby hits a HR to break up a no hitter: he did it July 30 1971 against KC's Dick Drago.
Nov 28, 1971 - In a blockbuster interstate trade good for both teams‚ the Dodgers send Frank Robinson‚ Bill Singer‚ Mike Strahler‚ Bobby Valentine and Billy Grabarkewitz to the Angels in exchange for Andy Messersmith‚ and Ken McMullen‚ who returns to the team that signed him. The 37-year-old Robinson will play 147 games‚ hitting 30 homers and driving in 97 runs in '73‚ and Singer will combine with Nolan Ryan in 1973 to strike out 674 batters‚ a 20th Century ML record for 2 teammates. Messersmith will win 39 games in the next 2 seasons for the Dodgers and finish 2nd in the Cy Young voting in 1974.
Oct 9, 1971 - The Orioles win game one of the WS over the Pirates 5-3 behind Dave McNally's 3-hitter and Merv Rettenmund's 3-run homer. Frank Robinson also homers off Dock Ellis who he homered off of in the All-Star game-a first.
Sep 13, 1971 - Frank Robinson of the Orioles homers in each game of a doubleheader split with Detroit becoming the 11th member of the 500-HR club with his 2nd shot. The O's win the opener 9-1 behind Dave McNally's 13th consecutive win. The Tigers use 17 hits to win the nitecap 10-5 for Scherman who pitches 8 2/3 innings in relief of Joe Niekro.
Jul 30, 1971 - In Baltimore Frank Robinson's home run spoils a no-hit bid by the Royals Dick Drago who loses 1-0 in a rain-shortened game. Drago faces just 13 batters-the minimum needed to lose a game-as play is stopped with one out in the 5th. Robby's homer is the 493rd tying him with Gehrig for 11th place on the homer list. Jim Palmer pitches a 5-inning 2-hitter.
Jul 13, 1971 - In an All-Star Game featuring HRs by Johnny Bench Hank Aaron Roberto Clemente Reggie Jackson Frank Robinson and Harmon Killebrew the AL triumphs at Detroit 6-4. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's HR goes 520 feet.
Oct 15, 1970 - For the 3rd time the Orioles overcome a 3-0 deficit to bury the Reds 9-3 and win the World Championship 4 games to one. Frank Robinson and Merv Rettenmund each homer and drive in 2 runs. Brooks Robinson the "human vacuum cleaner" easily wins the WS MVP award.
Oct 13, 1970 - The Orioles win their 3rd straight over the Reds 9-3 with winning pitcher Dave McNally slugging a grand slam off Wayne Granger the only one by a pitcher in WS history. Frank Robinson and Don Buford also contribute homers and 3B Brooks Robinson continues his excellence with the glove as he makes 2 spectacular grabs in the field.
Oct 1, 1970 - The Senators end the season with a 3-2 loss to the host Orioles and finish the season with 14 straight losses. The O's win their 11th straight setting a club-record winning streak. Frank Robinson homers for the Orioles his 475th homer tying him for 12th on the all-time list with Musial.
Jul 8, 1970 - The Orioles again wait until the late innings to beat New York this time striking in the 9th inning on a Frank Robinson HR and a two-out single by Don Buford. The O's overcome an 8-6 deficit to win 9-8.
Jun 26, 1970 - Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12-2 Oriole romp over the Senators just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally the winning pitcher Don Buford and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby's only grand slams for the O's. The Orioles will lose C Clay Dalrymple tomorrow when he breaks his ankle in a home plate collision with the Nats Mike Epstein.
Oct 15, 1969 - A memorable WS game pits Tom Seaver against Mike Cuellar. RF Ron Swoboda's questionable dive at Brooks Robinson's sinking liner with runners at 1B and 3B in the 9th inning results in a brilliant catch even though Frank Robinson tags and scores the tying run. In the 10th Mets PH J. C. Martin running illegally inside the 1B line after a bunt is hit on the wrist by P Pete Richert's errant throw enabling pinch runner Rod Gaspar to score from second as the Mets win 2-1. The game is enlivened by Earl Weaver getting thrown out after protesting ball and strike calls by Shag Crawford. Earl is the 3rd manager to leave early in a WS but the first since 1935.
Sep 4, 1969 - Down 4-1 in the 9th against the Tigers in Detroit Baltimore gets consecutive HRs from Frank Robinson Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson off Earl Wilson to tie. Timmerman then gives up the winning run on a double sac fly and Baltimore chop as the O's win 5-4.
Jul 27, 1969 - In the team's biggest shutout victory ever Baltimore routs the White Sox 17-0 as Jim Hardin wins over Billy Wynne. Hardin allows just two hits while the Birds bang out 20 good for 39 total bases. Frank Robinson drives in 5 runs and hits a pair of homers.
Jul 5, 1969 - AL East leader Baltimore breaks a 3-game losing streak as Dave McNally (12-0) wins his 14th straight game 9-3 at Detroit. Detroit OF Mickey Stanley plays his 220th straight errorless game and C Bill Freehan picks Paul Blair off 3B unassisted. Blair on third with a triple strolls too slowly back to the bag after the bat flies out of the hands of Frank Robinson.
Apr 27, 1969 - Led by Frank Robinson's 8 RBIs the first place Orioles sweep a pair from the Yankees 6-0 and 10-5. Robby has 2 homers and 4 singles. Cuellar shuts out the Yanks beating Bahnsen (0-5).
Dec 4, 1968 - Houston also swaps P Mike Cuellar‚ and INFs Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for OFs Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar‚ 8-11 this past season‚ will average 20 wins a year for 5 years in Baltimore. Except for the Frank Robinson trade‚ this ranks as the best for the O's.
May 17, 1967 - The Orioles become the 8th club in AL history with 4 or more HRs in one inning when Andy Etchebarren Sam Bowen Boog Powell and Dave Johnson connect in a 9-run 7th. Also homering for Baltimore is Frank Robinson Brooks Robinson and Paul Blair the only time 7 teammates have each homered. Those HRs make the difference in a 12-8 Baltimore win over the Red Sox. Boston's Carl Yastrzemski hits 2 homers one coming in the bottom of the 7th; the total of 5 in one inning equals the ML record. Rounding out the round trippers is Don Demeter for Boston.
Oct 9, 1966 - Dave McNally wraps up Baltimore's brilliant pitching display and a World Championship with a 4-hit 1-0 win. Frank Robinson's HR off Don Drysdale gives Baltimore a surprising sweep of the defending champion Dodgers. The 33 consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Baltimore are a WS record.
Sep 22, 1966 - The Orioles beat the host Kansas City A's 6-1 to clinch their first AL pennant. Both Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson have 2 RBI. Frank Robinson will end the year as the Triple Crown winner the first to achieve the feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956. He clinches with a batting average of .316 49 HRs and 122 RBI.
Aug 11, 1966 - It is deja vu all over again as Frank Robinson makes another game-saving catch against the Yankees. Robby dives into the stands to rob Clete Boyer of an 11th-inning homer preserving a 6-5 Orioles' win. Robby did it two months earlier.
Jun 21, 1966 - In the first game of a twinbill There are 2 on and 2 outs in the 9th inning when Frank Robinson makes a spectacular catch against New York's Roy White diving into the stands over the short right field fence and disappearing from view. He emerges with the ball and it is ruled a catch preserving a 7-5 Baltimore victory rather than 8-7 defeat. Robby will do it again on August 11th.
May 8, 1966 - Orioles RF Frank Robinson hits the first ball ever hit completely out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium a 451-foot shot ending Luis Tiant's scoreless-innings streak at 27. Baltimore wins 8-3 and ties Cleveland for first place.
Apr 12, 1966 - In his first AL at bat Frank Robinson is hit by a pitch from Boston's Earl Wilson. Brooks Robinson then follows with a homer. Frank will later add a homer as the visiting O's win in 13 innings 5-4 on a walk by Jim Lonborg.
Dec 9, 1965 - OF Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and OF Dick Simpson. The Reds Bill DeWitt defends the trade by labeling Robinson "an old 30‚" a concept that Robinson will quickly prove wrong.
Sep 21, 1964 - John Tsitouris hurls a 1-0 shutout for the Reds over Art Mahaffey and the first-place Phillies launching a 10-game Phils' losing streak. Rookie Chico Ruiz scores the only run when with Frank Robinson at bat he steals home with 2 out in the 6th inning.
Sep 19, 1964 - In the 1st game of a doubleheader the Reds stun the Cardinals 7-5 when Frank Robinson connects for a 3-run 9th inning HR off Bob Gibson. The Cards take the 2nd 2-0 scoring both runs on C Don Pavletich's throwing error on a double steal. Ray Sadecki wins his 18th.
Aug 16, 1962 - For the 2nd night in a row Frank Robinson clouts 2 homers to power the Reds to a 7-1 win over the Braves. Robby now has 9 homers in 8 games 11 in the last 12. Lee Maye's HR off Maloney is the only Braves' score.
Jul 8, 1962 - Cincinnati uses 9 pitchers to win the 13-inning 2nd game against the Houston Colt 45s 12-11. This sets an NL record and ties the ML mark. Houston scores once in the 13th and Cincy scores twice to win. Frank Robinson scores 5 runs. The Reds also win the first game 12-8 battling back from an 8-3 deficit.
May 12, 1962 - At Crosley Field the Reds' Joey Jay and the Pirates' Al McBean match goose eggs for 9 innings before the Bucs push across 2 runs in the 10th. The Reds come back with 3 runs to win 3-2. Frank Robinson drives in the winning run with a single.
Aug 15, 1961 - At L.A. the 2nd-place Reds Joey Jay (17-7) gives up 3 singles and 2 runs in the first and just 3 hits after that in subduing the first-place Dodgers 5-2. Losing pitcher Sandy Koufax (13-8) almost adds another hit but is thrown out at 1B by RF Frank Robinson. Announcer Vin Scully says "Sandy forgot to run."
May 7, 1961 - Trailing Milwaukee 4-0 after 7 innings the Reds unleash the fire power. They score 3 runs in the 8th on homers by Frank Robinson and Wally Post and two more in the 9th on homers by Leo Cardenas and Gordy Coleman to win 5-4.
Mar 3, 1961 - Frank Robinson is indicted in Cincinnati for carrying a concealed weapon. He was arrested on February 8 when he was discovered to be carrying a .25 caliber pistol. The discovery occurred after an incident in a restaurant where Robinson was eating with two friends. He was fined $250 for it.
Sep 7, 1960 - At Crosley Field Frank Robinson homers in the 15th inning as the Reds edge the Dodgers 4-3 Marshall Bridges is the winner in relief pitching 6 innings of shutout and allowing 2 hits while striking out 7.
Aug 15, 1960 - In the first of 2 games at Crosley Field Frank Robinson and Eddie Mathews exchange punches after Robbie slides in hard at 3B in the 7th inning. Robbie comes out on the short end with a swollen eye bloody nose and jammed thumb but comes back in the nitecap with a double and homer to lead the Reds to a 4-0 win. Bob Purkey wins the shutout despite allowing 11 hits.
May 15, 1960 - At Cincinnati the Reds are down 9-1 when P Raul Sanchez starts a brawl by plunking 3 of 4 Phils batters in the 8th inning the last batter being P Gene Conley. Phils manager Gene Mauch then charges the mound to tackle Sanchez. Both dugouts empty with fights all around. The most cinematic is 2B Billy Martin 5'11" taken on the 6'11" Conley though future Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Robin Roberts is a close second. It takes 12 minutes to restore order. The Phils romp 14-3 then lose 5-1 in the doubleheader.
Aug 14, 1959 - Reds teammates Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson go 5-for-6 in the first game of a doubleheader as Cincinnati outlast the Phils 15-13. The Reds trail 11-3 after 3 innings and score 5 in the 9th to win.
Apr 18, 1959 - The Phils get 15 hits including a grand slam by pinch hitter Gene Freese to outslug the Reds 14-9. Don Newcombe loses for the 2nd time to the Phils this year with the win going to reliever Al Schroll. The Reds get homers from Frank Robinson Roy McMillan and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch.
Aug 4, 1957 - For the second consecutive game, Willie Mays hits two homers, and adds a triple, as the Giants down the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6 in 14 innings. Ray Katt's DP grounder in the 14th scores the go ahead run. Mays’s second homer of the game comes in the 12th inning, but Reds catcher Ed Bailey matches him. Frank Robinson and Wally Post hit back-to-back homers in the 5th. The Reds take the second game of the doubleheader, 3-2.
Dec 1, 1956 - Cincinnati slugger Frank Robinson is unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio is voted AL Rookie of the Year with 22 points‚ beating out Orioles OF Tito Francona and Indian Rocky Colavito.
Aug 18, 1956 - Redlegs OF Bob Thurman hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs; Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson add 2 each and Wally Post one in a 13-4 win over Milwaukee at Crosley Field. Toby Atwell and Joe Adcock belts round trippers for the Braves. The 8 HRs tie a since-topped ML record. There are three pairs of back to back homers in the game: Klu and Post in the 3rd; Thurman and Klu in the 7th; Rbinson and Thurman in the 8th. The Reds have now hit homers in each game since August 4 a streak that will reach 21 games and 41 homers through August 24th. Thurman is the 4th Reds player this year to bang 3 homers.
Aug 16, 1956 - At Chicago Sam Jones strikes out 13 Reds to win 4-2 and ties the club 20th-century mark for strikeouts in a 9-inning game. Lon Warneke struck out 13 in 1934. The loss goes to Brooks Lawrence. Frank Robinson homers but also K's 4 times.
Aug 15, 1956 - Frank Robinson ends a battle with the Cubs by driving in a run in the 15th inning as the Reds win 4-3 in the lidlifter at Wrigley. Jeffcoat pitches the 1st 12 innings before giving way to another ex-Cub Johnny Klippstein. In the nitecap Wally Post hits a grand slam and Burgess follows with a solo homer in the 3rd as the Reds win 6-2 in 6 innings.
Jul 25, 1956 - At Roosevelt Field in Jersey City the Dodgers clip the Reds 2-1 when Duke Snider hits a homer to dead CF in the 9th inning. Snider's HR his 3rd in 2 days pins the loss on Brooks Lawrence. Newcombe wins and is even with Lawrence in victories (14). Frank Robinson also homers while Furillo hits safely in his 18th straight game.
Jul 17, 1956 - At Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence wins his 13th straight stopping the Dodgers 4-3. Lawrence (13-0) who doubles in the 9th and scores the winning run has not lost as a Red. He'll sputter now however and finish the season at 19-10. Furillo drives in all 3 runs for the Brooks and Frank Robinson hits his 20th HR to tie the Reds rookie mark.
Jun 27, 1956 - Unbeaten Brooks Lawrence wins his 10th beating Pittsburgh 10-2 when the visiting Reds score 9 runs in the 8th inning. Gus Bell Stan Palys and Frank Robinson each drive in two runs against Bob Friend in the 8th. Infielder Johnny O'Brien makes his first pitching appearance hurling a scoreless 9th and striking out Frank Robinson and Roy McMillan. The win moves the Reds to a half-game in back of the Braves.
Jun 24, 1956 - Ed Bailey of the Reds hits 3 HRs and Kluszewski adds another in a 10-6 first-game win against the Dodgers. The Reds win the nitecap 2-1 on homers by Bob Thurman off young Don Drysdale and rookie Frank Robinson off loser Clem Labine.
May 30, 1956 - Gus Bell Ted Kluszewski and Frank Robinson hit consecutive homers for the Reds against the Cards Vinegar Bend Mizell. The homers do little however as they come with two outs in the 9th and the Reds trailing 9-0.