Eddie Robinson, baseball's oldest living MLB player, shares the stories of his 65-year career in baseball as a player, scout, coach, and front-office executive. Hear a slice of baseball history from someone who lived it!
Ep. 26 — Saying Goodbye
It is with heavy hearts that we share that Eddie Robinson passed away on October 4, 2021.
Texas Rangers statement on the passing of Eddie Robinson:
The Texas Rangers today issued the following statement on the passing of Eddie Robinson, who died Monday night at his ranch in Bastrop, Texas at the age of 100.
“The Texas Rangers are incredibly saddened with the passing of the legendary Eddie Robinson, who spent nearly 70 years in professional baseball as an All-Star player and respected executive. He began a 13-year Major League career with the Cleveland Indians in 1942 and went on to serve as General Manager of both the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers during an incredible career.
“In his later years, Mr. Robinson was a regular and welcome visitor at Rangers home games, and his unique ability to analyze and discuss the game, past and present, was truly amazing. The Rangers were honored to help Mr. Robinson celebrate his 100th birthday last December, and he made a final spring training visit to Arizona this past February. He was a great ambassador for baseball to the end.
“The entire Rangers organization sends its thoughts and prayers to his wife, Bette, sons Robby, Marc, Drew, and Paul and the entire Robinson family. For Eddie Robinson, it was truly a life well lived.”
Mr. Robinson, who turned 100 on December 15, 2020, was the oldest living former Major League Player at the time of his passing. He batted .268 with 172 homers and 723 RBI in 1315 games as a 1B with Cleveland (1942; 46-48; 57), Washington (1949-50), Chicago White Sox (1950-52), Philadelphia A’s (1953), New York Yankees (1954-56), Detroit (1957), and Baltimore (1957) as he played with 7 of the 8 A.L. clubs at the time, the exception being Boston.
The four-time A.L. All-Star was a member of the Indians’ 1948 World Series champions. Mr. Robinson went on to enjoy a long career as a MLB Executive and scout, serving as General Manager of the Atlanta Braves (1972-76) and Texas Rangers (1976-82). Born in Paris, Texas, he was a longtime resident of Fort Worth. His autobiography, Lucky Me: My Sixty-Five Years in Baseball was published in 2011.
Services for Mr. Robinson are pending at this time.
Ep. 25 — The Evolution of Baseball Equipment
In this episode, Eddie shares all about the equipment (i.e., bats, gloves, batting helmets, etc.) used by players in his era.
Ep. 24 — A Baby Named After Eddie
In this episode, Eddie revisits his initial playing days in Valdosta, GA in 1939. He shares stories about the team's favorite hang out at "Vincent's Drug Store", his first autographed baseball, and a borrowed Buick.
Ep. 23 — A Trade to the Philadelphia Athletics
In this episode, Eddie shares about some of the biggest disappointments he faced during his career, including being traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Philadelphia Athletics.
Ep. 22 — Fred Claire
In this episode, Eddie talks about his friend Fred Claire, a terrific story about two of the most famous home runs in Baseball history, and also Eddie’s visit to the new home of the Texas Rangers.
Ep. 21 (Part 2) — Around The World Honeymoon
In this episode, Eddie shares more about his honeymoon trip around the world after the 1954/1955 season.
Baseball Fans a Must Listen
Great stories and a lot history told first hands. I really enjoyed this. It’s a must for history buffs and baseball fans.
Thanks for the memories, Eddie. We’ll miss you.
History at its finest!
As someone who loves the game, and loves it’s history even more, Mr.Robinson’s Podcast’s are truly golden!! Not many get the chance to hear history firsthand, a true gift!! Thanks for your stories!