A four-time all star, and a member of the last Cleveland Indians team to win the World Series, Robinson spent his life in baseball as a player, scout, coach and front office executive in a career that spanned well over 40 years. Robinson broke in with Cleveland in 1942, then saw his career put on hold for World War II. He was back up with the Indians in 1947 and by 1948 was the team’s everyday first baseman. Robinson hit .254 with 16 home runs in 1948, helping Cleveland reach the World Series where they defeated the Boston Braves for the franchise’s last title. Robinson hit .300 in the series, driving in one run. He made his first trip to the All-Star Game in 1949, a year that saw him hit .294 with 18 home runs. His best seasons offensively came after he’d left the Indians. He hit .282 with 29 home runs and 117 RBI for the Chicago White Sox in 1951. Both the home runs and RBI were career highs. He was an all star that year and for the next two years. Robinson helped the New York Yankees reach the 1955 World Series. Playing part time, he managed to hit 16 home runs in 88 games. He contributed two hits in three at bats in the Fall Classic, but the Yankees lost to Brooklyn. Robinson played for four more teams, including a brief return to Cleveland, during the final two years of his career. At the end of the 1957 season he was done.
Following his retirement, Robinson worked for the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City A’s, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. During his playing career he managed to play for seven of the original eight American League teams. Boston was the only one he did not play for.
Robinson is the last living member of the Cleveland Indians 1948 World Series team. He is also the oldest living member of the Detroit Tigers, Yankees and Washington Senators.
Eddie Robinson – career stats