At 100-Years Old, Eddie Robinson Brings to Life the Golden Age of Baseball – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The oldest living former major league baseball player celebrated a grand achievement in December when he turned 100. And now the Fort Worth resident is using his experience with the game to share his favorite stories through a new podcast that brings the golden age of baseball to life.
Spending an afternoon in Eddie Robinson’s study in his longtime Fort Worth home is like spending a day at a baseball museum.
“I like to think that I played in the golden era of baseball,” said Robinson.
“DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra and Ted Williams, I knew all of these people very well. In fact, they were friends of mine. I had a great experience and look back on those days with great interest. “
The 100-year-old is the oldest living former major league baseball player and has stories that span days. Including his during his playing time in the 1940s as he assisted Babe Ruth in 1949 when the Great Bambino’s health was failing when he was honored one last time in front of Yankees fans.
“They wanted to withdraw his number when he last appeared at Yankee Stadium,” said Robinson. “It was time he went to the plate for the presentation and ceremony, and I noticed he was a bit shaky and I felt he needed support. I was just reaching into the bat stand and handing it to him, and he took this bat and used it as a stick as he went to the plate. They had the ceremony and took a picture of him standing on the plate and looking at the midfield from behind with this bat. That was a picture of the Pulitzer Prize that year. “
A support for one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. While Robinson played in seven of the then eight teams in the American League before serving as general manager of the Texas Rangers for five years in the 1970s and 80s and not being shy about who he believes is the best player he’s ever personally has seen.
“If I had to choose a man, I would choose Ted Williams,” said Robinson. “He’d be my type because I think he’s the best batsman who’s ever lived.”
And it’s baseball stories and opinions like this that got Robinson to start his own baseball podcast, yes, at 100 years old, called “The Golden Age of Baseball With Eddie Robinson,” which has stories of his 65+ Years narrated as a baseball player, scout, trainer and front office executive.
“I didn’t even know what a podcast was, I’d never heard one, but it sounded like something we could do,” said Robinson.
Something he could easily do, with adorable baseball stories that never seem to stop and brought to life by spending an afternoon in Mr. Robinson’s study, which feels like a baseball museum in his longtime Fort Worth home.
“These images bring back memories and there are so many stories to tell if you’ve been involved in the game for as long as I have.”