Greatest Reds of All-Time #4


Frank Robinson in Redlegs uniform (Image: BestSportsPhotos.com)

And the fourth greatest Red of all-time is…Frank Robinson.

Many people often forget the tremendous success that Frank Robinson had in a Reds uniform before he left the Reds to play in the American League with the Baltimore Orioles. He is the only baseball player ever to win an MVP award in both the American and National league.
In a Redlegs uniform, Robinson was the 1956 Rookie of the Year and five years later he followed up that honor by winning the 1961 National League MVP.
Robinson’s 10 year stats in Cincinnati are listed below.

Year Age G AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BA OBP OPS Awards
1956 20 152 572 122 166 27 38 83 8 .290 .379 .936 AS,MVP-7,RoY-1
1957 21 150 611 97 197 29 29 75 10 .322 .376 .905 AS,MVP-9
1958 22 148 554 90 149 25 31 83 10 .269 .350 .854 MVP-19,GG
1959 23 146 540 106 168 31 36 125 18 .311 .391 .975 AS,MVP-9
1960 24 139 464 86 138 33 31 83 13 .297 .407 1.002 MVP-20
1961 25 153 545 117 176 32 37 124 22 .323 .404 1.015 AS,MVP-1
1962 26 162 609 134 208 51 39 136 18 .342 .421 1.045 AS,MVP-4
1963 27 140 482 79 125 19 21 91 26 .259 .379 .821
1964 28 156 568 103 174 38 29 96 23 .306 .396 .943 MVP-4
1965 29 156 582 109 172 33 33 113 13 .296 .386 .925 AS,MVP-18
CIN (10 yrs) 1502 5527 1043 1673 318 324 1009 161 .303 .389 .943
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2010.

38 Home Runs as a rookie announced to the Queen City that Frank Robinson was a star. In his MVP season, Robinson hit 37 Home Runs with 124 RBI all while batting .323. It is a mystery to me how Robinson was not the MVP in 1962 also because he hit .342 while leading the league in runs and doubles to go along with his 39 home runs and 136 RBI. He came in fourth in the MVP voting that season.
Robinson was inducted into the Reds hall of fame in 1978 and also into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. One of the best to ever where a Reds uniform, he ended with 324 home runs and 1,009 RBI.

On December 9, 1965, he was traded by the Reds to the Baltimore Orioles for three players. Known also as The Judge, he played his final game in 1976 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame just six years later. Playing both outfield and first base, he won one gold glove in 1958 as a Left Fielder. Though he only was awarded one gold glove, the Texas native possessed a great arm to complement his defensive range.

Since playing, Robinson managed the Washington Nationals,  Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, and the Baltimore Orioles. Finding limited success, most recently Robinson was fired by the Nationals in 2006.

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