Exhibit Pays Tribute to Hall of Fame Slugger with Ogden Ties

OGDEN -- A photographic exhibit at Weber State University chronicles baseball Hall-of-Famer Frank Robinson, from his minor league days in Ogden to his current role as manager of the Montreal Expos. The exhibit stands outside WSU's Special Collections on the second floor of the Stewart Library.  The exhibit is open to the public daily during library hours.

Robinson, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, first played for the Ogden Reds of the Pioneer League in 1953, appearing in 72 games his first season. The 18-year-old outfielder batted .348, with 17 home runs and 83 runs batted in.

By 1956 Robinson played in the major leagues and became the National League’s "Rookie of the Year." During his 22-year career, he became the first player to be chosen "Most Valuable Player" in both the National League (1961) and the American League (1966.) He led the National League in slugging percentage during 1960-62, and led the American League in batting, home runs, runs batted in, total bases and slugging percentage in 1966. During his 2,800-game career, he played for Cincinnati, Baltimore, Los Angeles, California and Cleveland.

Robinson finished his career with 2,943 hits, 1,812 runs batted in, and 586 home runs, placing him currently fifth in the home run category. He became the major leagues’ first African-American manager while playing for Cleveland in 1975-76. After leaving Cleveland in 1977, Robinson managed for San Francisco from 1981-84, and for Baltimore from 1988-91. Currently Robinson is in his second year as manager of the Montreal Expos.

For more information, contact John Sillito, Curator of Special Collections, at (801) 626-6416.

Contact:

John Sillito, curator of Special Collections
(801) 626-6416

Author:

Linda Sillitoe, Stewart Library public outreach coordinator
(801) 626-7351 · lsillitoe@weber.edu