This Day In Sports History (April 12th) – Frank Robinson

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It was on this day in 1988 that Frank Robinson replaced Cal Ripken Sr. as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles.  The Orioles lost their first six games of the season, which led to the firing.  They would go on to lose the next 15 games under Robinson to begin the season at 0-21, the worst start in baseball history.

To this day, Cal Ripken Sr. remains the only man to simultaneously manage two of his sons, as both Billy Ripken and Cal Ripken Jr. suited up for the Orioles.  Although Cal Sr. would remain with the organization as the third base coach, Cal Jr. was deeply saddened and hurt by the team’s decision.

Frank Robinson’s first year as manager was not a successful one, as the Orioles finished in last place in the American League East with a 54-107 record.  However, Baltimore would rebound the next season, finishing 87-75.  That record was good enough for second place and it earned Robinson the American League Manager of the Year award.

Here is a clip of Frank Robinson.  Underrated?

Notable Birthdays

Adam Graves, NHL – Born April 12th 1968 (age 45) in Toronto, Ontario

Paul LoDuca, MLB – Born April 12th 1972 (age 41) in Brooklyn, New York

Ted Ginn Jr., NFL – Born April 12th 1985 (age 28) in Cleveland, Ohio

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