From Christian Red at the New York Daily News on April 25, 2016:
Eddie Robinson is puffing on a stogie and looking out at the 6th hole of Woodhaven Country Club from his front porch when a Chrysler sedan pulls into his driveway on a recent afternoon.
The driver’s side door opens and out steps one of Robinson’s oldest and closest friends, Dr. Bobby Brown, a four-time Yankees World Series champion and a former Bombers teammate of Robinson’s (albeit briefly) when both men played in the majors during a Golden Era of baseball.
They first met 70 years ago in the minors, during the 1946 International League season, when the big lefty-swinging kid from East Texas (Robinson) played for the Indians’ then Triple-A affiliate, the Baltimore Orioles, and the medical student (Brown) by way of Seattle, New Jersey and San Francisco played for the Triple-A Newark Bears after he had signed with the Yankees that same year for a whopping $52,000 signing bonus — a king’s ransom back then.
“If I was fortunate to get on first base, I could visit with (Robinson). We’d converse a little bit,” says Brown.
“He was on first base a lot,” jokes Robinson.
- Related link: Watch or listen to the SABR 44 panel with Eddie Robinson, Bobby Brown, Bob Watson, and C. Paul Rogers III from Houston
Originally published: April 26, 2016. Last Updated: April 26, 2016.