Thursday, February 07, 2019

Former Dodger Frank Robinson Dead at 83 - A Dodgers Collectible Checklist

A legend has passed away.

Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the 1956 Rookie of the Year, two-time MVP winner, 1966 AL Triple Crown winner and one-time AL Manager of the Year has died at the age of 83. Deeply cognizant of his role in history, Robinson took-on the task of being the very first African-American to be named manager in the Major Leagues; saying, "if I had one wish in the world today, it would be that Jackie Robinson could be here to see this happen." Frank also said:
“Every time I put on this uniform, I think of Jackie Robinson.”
As you know, Frank Robinson got to play for the Dodgers during the 1972 season; slashing .251/.353/.442/.795 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI's during an injury plagued season. He would thereafter be traded to the Angels the following season for future Dodger staff ace Andy Messersmith. Below are links to other stories celebrating Frank Robinson's life that I thought worth pointing out:
"Then he throws me this bastard slider just off the outside part of the plate," Robinson said. "I thought, 'This SOB is trying to strike me out on three pitches ... on my day! He's trying to embarrass me ... on my day. No one does that to me.'"
Also, you can listen to Frank talk about meeting Jackie Robinson for the first time here, via NPR.

In celebration of Robinson's career on cardboard I thought it would be fun to make a couple of fantasy custom Baseball cards of him. Check them out above. Furthermore, I wanted to put together a list of all, or at least, most of his vintage cards and collectibles featuring him as a Dodger. See that below. If I missed anything please let me know.

1972 Topps -- #754 

Weekend Autograph Opportunity: Dave Stewart, Clyde Wright and Jose Canseco!

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any), as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.