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    Default RIP Frank The Judge and Jury of the Orioles’ Kangaroo Court

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.bb70c00df086

    Frank Robinson’s death on Thursday at age 83 prompted countless tributes and inspired an outpouring of memories about the baseball legend, many of them about his no-nonsense, even ornery, demeanor. There were also tales of a different side of the Hall of Famer, including from the times he wore a mop on his head as the self-proclaimed judge of the Orioles’ kangaroo court.

    The late Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver recalled the origin of Robinson’s role as the Orioles’ clubhouse arbiter in a 1982 essay for the New York Times:

    Right after the ‘69 All-Star break, with the team comfortably in first place, the players decided to mete out a series of dollar fines for any indiscretion as long as the man who brought the charge had a witness to to support it.

    Naturally the judge was Frank Robinson, who got himself a mop for a judicial wig. He presided and ruled on cases, no more than three of which were heard on a single night. But all charges went on the calendar and were heard eventually when the court was in session. That was only after victories, of course. Anyone who couldn’t prove the charge he brought had to pay the fine.

    Earl Weaver for the New York Times, Aug. 1, 1982

    According to Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, fineable offenses included everything from failing to score a runner on third base with less than two outs to fraternizing with members of the opposing team.

    “We had a great time and we had a really close team,” Robinson told Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan on Thursday. "Frank was a hard guy to get to know, believe me, but he mellowed out and I think everyone who met him enjoyed being with him. He was just a great friend.”
    The pictures in the article are worth looking at!

    RIP Frank. You will be missed!
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    Frank Robinson was a 'Class Act' in every sense of the word...One of my childhood hero's who was not only a great advocate for the game of baseball...but an even greater advocate for a life that was 'Well Lived' as well...at the time he was the only player you could mention in the same breath as Mantle and Mays...as far as I was concerned,he never got his just due,because he was just as good,if not better...MVP in BOTH league's...Triple Crown winner...World Series MVP...had his number 'Retired' by 3 different teams with a Bronze statue of this great Hall of Fame outfielder outside of each stadium...that says it ALL right there...I got to SEE Frank Robinson play a couple times in the old Yankee Stadium...Thank You #20...Thank You for the 'Memories' of a lifetime...Godspeed and may you RIP old friend...

    I can envision St.Peter as we speak......''PLAY BALL''......BATTER UP #20!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard View Post
    Frank Robinson was a 'Class Act' in every sense of the word...One of my childhood hero's who was not only a great advocate for the game of baseball...but an even greater advocate for a life that was 'Well Lived' as well...at the time he was the only player you could mention in the same breath as Mantle and Mays...as far as I was concerned,he never got his just due,because he was just as good,if not better...MVP in BOTH league's...Triple Crown winner...World Series MVP...had his number 'Retired' by 3 different teams with a Bronze statue of this great Hall of Fame outfielder outside of each stadium...that says it ALL right there...I got to SEE Frank Robinson play a couple times in the old Yankee Stadium...Thank You #20...Thank You for the 'Memories' of a lifetime...Godspeed and may you RIP old friend...

    I can envision St.Peter as we speak......''PLAY BALL''......BATTER UP #20!!!!!!!!

    Damn, they were loaded. Remember number 5? Mr. Hoover? 16 consecutive golden gloves? The name Robinson found a home in Baltimore for sure. The heroes of my youth.

    https://www.mlb.com/video/brooks-rob...e/c-2522589783
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    Damn, they were loaded. Remember number 5? Mr. Hoover? 16 consecutive golden gloves? The name Robinson found a home in Baltimore for sure. The heroes of my youth.

    https://www.mlb.com/video/brooks-rob...e/c-2522589783
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    Yes Lifer,and as I recall,you're a big Orioles fan...Brooks-#5...the vacuum cleaner...one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history...phenomenal player...Brooks and Frank...as you so aptly stated one time...''Brothers from another Mother''...they were loaded...Belanger,Boooog,Blair,Palmer,just to name a few,and of course the old master,Earl Weaver...Special Champions that will live forever from generation to generation in the city of Baltimore's '' ''Folk-Lore''...If your an athlete that was always into sports...doesn't matter...Little League...High School...College...Pros...there is no greater memory then that....''Championship Season''...especially when you get older....''When We were Young''....

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    Yes Lifer,and as I recall,you're a big Orioles fan...Brooks-#5...the vacuum cleaner...one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history...phenomenal player...Brooks and Frank...as you so aptly stated one time...''Brothers from another Mother''...they were loaded...Belanger,Boooog,Blair,Palmer,just to name a few,and of course the old master,Earl Weaver...Special Champions that will live forever from generation to generation in the city of Baltimore's '' ''Folk-Lore''...If your an athlete that was always into sports...doesn't matter...Little League...High School...College...Pros...there is no greater memory then that....''Championship Season''...especially when you get older....''When We were Young''....
    Yes wizard. I've worn the colors since I was a boy. What great memories. I met Boog outside the local Hooters on a visit to Camden Yards. I still get goosebumps. Cal Ripken Jr. has a special place in the trophy case. A very thoughtful gift sent to me one birthday from my mother in law. Cal signed it for her. Seeing the old footage from years gone by took me right back there in the moment.
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