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Neil Robinson






Homestead Grays, Cincinnati Tigers, Memphis Red Sox


Center Field (also 3b)

Hall Of Fame:

Not inducted.


If All-Star game performances were the criteria on which Hall Of Fame selections were based, Neil Robinson, the perennial representative of the Memphis Red sox to the annual classic, would have been among the first inductees. Eight times Robinson appeared in the East-West game, compiling a .476 batting average.

During fifteen active seasons, mostly with the Memphis team, Robinson compiled a .303 batting average. Marlin Carter, who played with Robinson both in Cincinnati and in Memphis, recalled Robinson as “about the most valuable player we had on the Southern teams. He didn’t do anything flashy, he just got the job done day after day. He was the kind of player you counted on.”

Winfield Welch, the Birmingham Black Barons skipper and All-Star manager for the West squad during the early 1940s regarded Robinson as “the kind of player you build a team around.”

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