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Eddie Robinson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 15, 1920 in Paris, Texas
Died: October 04, 2021 in Bastrop, Texas
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Eddie Robinson
This article was written by C. Paul Rogers III and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Former Rangers general manager Eddie Robinson may hold the record for the most times standing up for the National Anthem at a baseball game. His professional baseball career spanned 65 years, from 1939, when he broke in with the Valdosta Trojans in the Class D Georgia-Florida League, through 2004, when he retired from scouting for the Boston Red Sox. During the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, Robinson was a fixture behind home plate at Texas Rangers games, scouting for various major league teams.

Robinson grew up in humble circumstances in Paris, Texas, during the Depression. He was an only child whose his father left the family, and his parents divorced when Eddie was 12. During high school to help make ends meet Eddie would take a 10-cent taxi ride at 4:45 a.m. across town to his uncle’s Northeast Texas Motor Freight Line, where he would load trucks and deliver produce to local grocers until 8 a.m. He would then attend school all day and after school practice or play whatever sport was in season. He also loaded trucks at the freight line all day Saturday, all to earn six dollars a week.

Fortunately, Eddie could always hit a thrown object. In grammar school he was the only kid who could hit a softball over the right-field fence on the playground. At age 14 he was playing for Charlie Osborne’s Cubs, a local team made up of 14- to 20-year-olds. He purchased a Bill Doak fielder’s glove for six dollars, paying it off at fifty cents a week. When the Cubs moved him to first base, Robinson just played with his fielder’s glove since he couldn’t afford a first baseman’s glove, too.

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