I have to admit this card was picked out for me by the Old Man. In 1982, I didn't know who this guy and didn't really care. I was just happy to get another old card. Like all the cards the Old Man traded us, he had duplicates of this one so when he pulled it out and offered it up, I was happy to make it mine.
1972 Topps Frank Robinson. It was probably sometime in the mid-80's before I realized the greatness of Frank Robinson. The more I got into the card collecting hobby, the more books I started reading on the history of the game and some of the guys who were legends of the game.
Frank Robinson played from 1956 to 1976. He played with the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. In his 21 year career, he played in 2,808 games, scored 1829 runs (13th all-time), had 2,943 hits, hit 586 homers (7th all-time) and drove in 1,812 RBIs (18th all-time). His career average was .294 and he had 204 stolen bases.
Robinson was an 11 time All-Star, winning the All-Star MVP in 1971. He played in 5 World Series, winning the championship in 1966 and 1970. He also won World Series MVP honors in 1966.
His personal awards included the 1956 Rookie of the Year, one Gold Glove and two Most Valuable Player Awards (1961 and 1966). Robinson remains the only player to win MVP awards in each league. He also won the Triple Crown in 1966 with 49 homers, 122 RBIs and a .316 batting average. It was the lowest batting average of all 9 Triple Crown Winners.
Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 with 89.16% of the vote.