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December 15 – Happy Birthday Eddie Robinson

In 1951, ’52 and ’53, first baseman Eddie Robinson was in the peak years of his Major League Baseball career. Like many players of his era, that career was interrupted early by military service in WWII. Three seasons after Robinson returned from the war, the trades that marked his entire career began. He went from the Indians to the Senators in 1949 and then to the White Sox during the 1950 season. By 1952, however, it looked like he had found a home in the Windy City. He had put together two straight 100 RBI seasons for Chicago, making the All Star team both years. But instead of settling in, Eddie was traded again, this time to the Athletics, who were still in Philadelphia at the time. In the “City of Brotherly Love,” he combined with slugger Gus Zernial to provide the A’s with most of their offense as he reached the 100-RBI mark and made the All Star team for the third year in a row. That’s when the Yankees got him as part of a huge ten player deal that turned out not to have much positive impact for either team.

Simply put, the Yankees did not need the guy. George Weiss thought Robinson would replace the lighter hitting Joe Collins as the Yankee starting first baseman. The crafty GM, however, did not anticipate that rookie Moose Skowren, a powerful right hand hitting first baseman would hit .340 in 1954. Stengel ended up platooning Skowren at first base with Collins, who was the best fielder of all three players and used Robinson more as a pinch hitter. Eddie did very well in that role for two plus seasons in the Bronx but it was truly a waste of the overall talents of this four-time All Star.

In June of 1956, Weiss traded Robinson back to the A’s, who by then had relocated to Kansas City. Unfortunately, Eddie was already 35-years old at the time and he never again would be the hitter he was when New York acquired him three years earlier. When Eddie hung up his spikes in 1957, he began a career in baseball’s front offices that continued through 1996 when he finally retired as head of scouting for the New York Yankees.

Another Yankee born on this date was this AL Rookie of the Year winner in 1968. 

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1954 NYY 85 162 142 11 37 9 0 3 27 0 19 21 .261 .344 .387 .731
1955 NYY 88 215 173 25 36 1 0 16 42 0 36 26 .208 .358 .491 .849
1956 NYY 26 62 54 7 12 1 0 5 11 0 5 3 .222 .323 .519 .841
13 Yrs 1315 4892 4282 546 1146 172 24 172 723 10 521 359 .268 .353 .440 .793
CLE (5 yrs) 264 968 876 113 222 30 6 34 144 2 69 67 .253 .311 .418 .729
NYY (3 yrs) 199 439 369 43 85 11 0 24 80 0 60 50 .230 .348 .455 .803
CHW (3 yrs) 425 1822 1582 226 468 67 8 71 294 4 207 131 .296 .384 .483 .867
WSH (2 yrs) 179 759 656 87 185 31 5 19 91 3 92 34 .282 .378 .431 .809
KCA (2 yrs) 231 887 787 77 186 33 5 24 114 1 89 76 .236 .319 .382 .701
BAL (1 yr) 4 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250
DET (1 yr) 13 13 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .308 .000 .308
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/29/2014.