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Oldest former MLB player Robinson dies at 100


BASTROP, Texas — Eddie Robinson, the oldest living former major league player whose more than six decades in profession­al baseball included being general manager for two teams, has died. He was 100.

The Texas Rangers, the team for which Robinson was GM from 1976-82, said he died Monday night at his ranch in Bastrop, Texas.

Robinson was the last surviving player from the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians. That championsh­ip was part of the first baseman’s 13 big league seasons, during which he played for seven of the eight American League teams that were active during his career and was a four-time All-Star.

After he finished playing, Robinson was a coach for Baltimore before switching to player developmen­t and scouting for the Orioles and several other teams. He was GM of the Atlanta Braves from 1972-76, then had that role with the Rangers.

He worked as a scout and consultant for former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenn­er in the early 1980s, and his last year in baseball was as a scout for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Robinson made his big league debut with Cleveland at age 21 in 1942, then served in the military during World War II before returning to the Indians from 1946-48. He also played for the Washington Senators (1949-50), Chicago White Sox (1950-52), Philadelph­ia Athletics (1953), New York Yankees (1954-56), Detroit Tigers (1957) and Baltimore (1957). The only AL team of that period he didn’t play for was Boston.

He hit .268 with 172 homers and 723 RBIs in 1,315 career games.

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