Eddie Robinson, former MLB player and former Texas Rangers general manager, died today at the age of 100. He had been the oldest living former MLB player.
Robinson, a native of Paris, Texas, made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1942, then missed the 1943-45 seasons due to military service. Upon his return he played for twelve more seasons, spending time with seven different teams while making the All Star teams as a first baseman four times.
Robinson worked in several front offices after his playing career ended, becoming the general manager for the Atlanta Braves from 1972-76. He joined the Rangers as general manager after the 1976 season, first as a co-general manager with Dan O’Brien, then as the sole general manager. He manned the position during some quality years for the Rangers, but after the team cratered in 1982, Robinson was replaced by farm director Joe Klein.
Robinson resided in Texas in his later years, and reportedly passed away at his ranch in Bastrop.