In Frank Robinson, MLB’s first black manager who briefly led Red Wings, dead at 83 (2/8/19), the Democrat and Chronicle reviews the tenure of Frank Robinson (1935 – 2019) as the manager of the Rochester Red Wings, including a memorable home run hitting contest between Robinson and Willie Mays at Silver Stadium.
Over the years, Robinson was not infrequently in Rochester, including for the Orioles-Red Wings exhibition games when Robinson managed Baltimore from 1988 – 1991.
As seen in On a Cal Ripken signed 1989 glove, prized possessions, and the Rundel Library, at the 1988 game Robinson autographed a glove — as did Cal Ripken Jr. — for a young Red Wing fan. (Originally, I thought the date was 1989 but further research shows it was July 25th, 1988; the 1989 game was rained out.)
That fan was not me, but I did acquire the glove, later displayed from May 1 – June 14th, 2013 at the Central Library of Rochester in the Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience traveling exhibition that also included Rochester Baseball Memorabilia.Without seeming morbid, I wondered how much a Frank Robinson autographed glove is worth. A vintage version is quite valuable.