Wilbert Robinson

Birthdate 6/29/1864
Death Date 8/8/1934
Debut Year 1902
Year of Induction 1945
Teams Dodgers, Orioles (NL), Robins
Positions Catcher, Manager

The Brooklyn Dodgers were known as the Robins from 1914-1931, a tip of the cap to their popular manager of the time, Wibert Robinson.

 

In the collection:

Wilbert Robinson signed letter from March 2, 1930

Wilbert Robinson signed letter from March 2, 1930

Wilbert Robinson was so beloved during his time as Dodger manager that the team took on the nickname, “Robins” in his honor from 1914-1931. This letter bears the signature of Robinson late in his tenure, just before the start of the 1930 season. Note the intricate letterhead. Letters from this era provide an interesting glimpse into the game.
A telegram encouraging Wilbert Robinson to a Temple Cup victory in 1895

A telegram encouraging Wilbert Robinson to a Temple Cup victory in 1895

In the collection is this telegram that encourages Wilbert Robinson to win the championship, reading in part, “Let the good word continue until the Temple Cup is won!” For the four years before the formation of the American League, baseball’s championship was determined by a seven
Wilbert Robinson says

Wilbert Robinson says "Tuxedo is the ideal tobacco" in this 1916 original ad

Tuxedo Tobacco pulled together the greatest baseball players of the day for this advertisement. Hailing itself as, “The Perfect Pipe Tobacco”, Tuxedo secured the services of “Wilbert Robinson, manager Brooklyn Nationals”. According to the advertisement, Robinson says, “

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