Wilbert Robinson

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Wilbert Robinson
(Uncle Robbie)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8½", Weight 215 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1945

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Robinson as manager of the Brooklyn Robins, in 1916

"Robinson's world's record was made against St. Louis on June 10, 1892 . . . the pitching victims were Getzein, Young and Breitenstein. In seven times at bat, Robinson made six singles and a double, driving home 11 runs and scoring one himself." - Sporting Life of August 21, 1915, which also published the box score of that game, about Wilbert Robinson the player

"There's only one theory on pitching. Get the biggest guy you can find who can throw a ball through a two-inch plank and you got yourself a pitcher." - Wilbert Robinson the manager

Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson played 17 years in the major leagues, mostly as a catcher, and then managed 19 years in the major leagues, winning the pennant in 1916 and 1920. The Brooklyn team he managed was informally known as the "Brooklyn Robins" during his long tenure with them, in his honor. His brother Fred Robinson played briefly in the majors.

As a player, Robinson was part of the famous National League Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s, along with John McGraw, Hughie Jennings, and a number of other famous players. He first managed in 1902, in his last season as a major league player, and then didn't manage in the majors again until 1914 - he was John McGraw's pitching coach with the New York Giants from 1903 to 1913, until a bitter parting of the ways when McGraw criticized Robinson for the team's pitching in the 1913 World Series. Robinson had never played for the Brooklyn team, but managed them beginning in 1914 for 18 years.

In addition to his playing record, Robinson umpired one National League game in 1898.

Robinson was General Manager of the Atlanta Crackers in 1933 and replaced Charley Moore as manager on August 12th.

He was reported to be a hotel keeper in Baltimore in 1907, see [1].

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Pennants: 2 (1916 & 1920)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1945

Preceded by
John McGraw
Baltimore Orioles Manager
Succeeded by
Clark Griffith
Preceded by
Bill Dahlen
Brooklyn Robins Manager
Succeeded by
Max Carey

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1902 Baltimore Orioles American League 24-57 8th Baltimore Orioles replaced John McGraw (26-31) on July 1
1903 Baltimore Orioles International League 24-29 -- none replaced by Hughie Jennings (47-25) on July 4
1914 Brooklyn Robins National League 75-79 5th Brooklyn Robins
1915 Brooklyn Robins National League 80-72 3rd Brooklyn Robins
1916 Brooklyn Robins National League 94-60 1st Brooklyn Robins Lost World Series
1917 Brooklyn Robins National League 70-81 7th Brooklyn Robins
1918 Brooklyn Robins National League 57-69 5th Brooklyn Robins
1919 Brooklyn Robins National League 69-71 5th Brooklyn Robins
1920 Brooklyn Robins National League 93-61 1st Brooklyn Robins Lost World Series
1921 Brooklyn Robins National League 77-75 5th Brooklyn Robins
1922 Brooklyn Robins National League 76-78 6th Brooklyn Robins
1923 Brooklyn Robins National League 76-78 6th Brooklyn Robins
1924 Brooklyn Robins National League 92-62 2nd Brooklyn Robins
1925 Brooklyn Robins National League 68-85 7th Brooklyn Robins
1926 Brooklyn Robins National League 71-82 6th Brooklyn Robins
1927 Brooklyn Robins National League 65-88 6th Brooklyn Robins
1928 Brooklyn Robins National League 77-76 6th Brooklyn Robins
1929 Brooklyn Robins National League 70-83 6th Brooklyn Robins
1930 Brooklyn Robins National League 86-68 4th Brooklyn Robins
1931 Brooklyn Robins National League 79-73 4th Brooklyn Robins
1933 Atlanta Crackers Southern Association 8-18 7th none replaced Charley Moore (54-68) on August 12

Records Held[edit]

  • Hits, nine inning game, 7, 6/10/1892 (tied)
  • Hits, doubleheader, 9, 6/10/1892 (tied)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Chris Bumbaca: "Remembering when Charles Ebbets, Dodgers' manager were arrested for Sunday baseball game", USA Today, July 1, 2020. [2]
  • Michael Clair: "Grapefruit League earned its name from a prank: Another great thing that came from a dumb idea", mlb.com, March 13, 2020. [3]
  • Jack Kavanagh and Norman Macht: Uncle Robbie, SABR, Cleveland, OH, 1999.

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