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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ham, Eggs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1903
Birth Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ham, Eggs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, Florida
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/25/1903
Birth Location:
Mobile
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Biography

Legendary third baseman Bobby Robinson was born on October 25, 1903. He grew up in Whistler, a town outside of Mobile, Alabama, with fellow Negro League baseball player, Satchel Paige and Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe.

Robinson was scouted for the Negro League while playing baseball with the semi-professional Pensacola Giants. The Giants made a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, when a scout who had been watching him for several weeks approached Robinson. The scout offered Robinson a contract to play professionally with the Indianapolis ABC's. Robinson accepted the offer, but instead of joining the team mid-season, waited until the next season's spring training to start.

Robinson made his Negro League debut in 1925. Over the course of his eighteen-year career, Robinson played with eleven Negro League teams including the Birmingham Black Barons, the Chicago American Giants, and the Memphis Red Sox. During those years Robinson also played against many of the best Major League players. Robinson is particularly well known for his stellar defensive play, earning him the nickname "The Human Vacuum Cleaner". He is considered by many to be one of the greatest third basemen to ever play the game. Robinson retired from baseball in 1942.

Robinson lived in Chicago, Illinois, until his death on May 17, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bobby Robinson interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bobby Robinson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bobby Robinson shares memories from his youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bobby Robinson recalls playing baseball as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bobby Robinson remembers his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bobby Robinson recounts being picked for his first professional team
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bobby Robinson describes traveling with the Pensacola Giants
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bobby Robinson reflects on playing for the Pensacola Giants
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bobby Robinson recalls being picked for the Indianapolis ABCs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bobby Robinson describes life as a baseball prodigy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bobby Robinson remembers playing infield with the Indianapolis ABCs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bobby Robinson shares stories about fellow Negro League baseball players
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bobby Robinson recalls his famous barehanded triple play
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bobby Robinson describes the difficulties of hitting a curveball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bobby Robinson recalls the personalities of Negro League baseball players
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bobby Robinson describes his living situations while playing for different teams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bobby Robinson recounts racial discrimination on the road
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bobby Robinson remembers living with a surrogate family while playing in Memphis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bobby Robinson recalls making baseballs out of cord
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bobby Robinson remembers all-black teams playing all-white teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bobby Robinson discusses disputes over salaries and contracts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bobby Robinson recounts trips to Cuba and Mexico to play baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bobby Robinson reflects on people who taught him different skills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bobby Robinson recalls his salary on his first teams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bobby Robinson remembers John McGraw
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bobby Robinson remembers when major league baseball began to integrate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Bobby Robinson reflects on the family who raised him
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Bobby Robinson remembers famous Negro League baseball players of his era
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Bobby Robinson recalls suffering various injuries playing baseball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Bobby Robinson reflects on his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bobby Robinson recalls African American baseball team owners
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bobby Robinson discusses his retirement from baseball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bobby Robinson describes his post-baseball career as a bricklayer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bobby Robinson reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bobby Robinson discusses his biological family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bobby Robinson ponders his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bobby Robinson remembers other talented Negro League players