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 1978 home run hitting contest between Robinson and Willie Mays at Silver Stadium.
Frank Robinson smiles from the Rochester Red Wings dugout during the 1978 season (D & C file photo)
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 8/25/78 Willie Mays didn’t hit a home run in his pre-game contest with Rochester Red Wings’ Manager Frank Robinson, but he made a hit with the fans 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.)
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken accommodating autograph-seeking fans before the game against his previous club. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Jul 26, 1988
Oriole’s Rene Gonzalez signing autographs yesterday atop the visitor’s dugout before the exhibition game with the Red Wings. The Orioles won the annual contest, 10-8, in front of 5,363 fans. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Jul 26, 1988
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.
Rare 1960’s Frank Robinson Signed Game Model Baseball Glove PSA DNA COA $1,532.48 (sportsmemorabilia.com)
I was definitely there in 1977 at Silver Stadium when Hall of Famer Bob Feller signed my baseball.
On a Cal Ripken signed 1989 glove, prized possessions, and the Rundel Library
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Very first pitch on Opening Day. And Knot Holes
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