Let’s go and celebrate the monster season Frank Robinson had in 1966 in his first season playing for the Baltimore Orioles, winning the Triple Crown:
Finding himself in Baltimore after being traded for pitcher Milt Pappas
and two other players (sorry Cincinnati), all Robinson went on to do was
lead the American League in all three big stats with a .316/49/122
Oh yeah he wasn’t done there, as he also led the league in runs scored, on-base pct., slugging and total bases.
Just a killer year for a guy that was already established as one of the best players in the game.
Funny thing is that this was arguably NOT even his best season as a big leaguer at that point!
Just look at some of his season’s slugging and hitting his way through the first ten years of his career with the Reds!
Though he won the National League MVP in 1961, I always thought his 1962
season was the best of his career, when he hit .342 while collecting
208 hits, leading the league with 134 runs scored and 51 doubles,
hitting 39 home runs and driving in 136, while throwing in 18 stolen
bases and leading the league with a .421 OBP and .624 slugging! HUGE!
And to think that was only good for FOURTH in MVP voting that year, behind winner Maury Wills, Willie Mays and Tommy Davis.
But that 1966 season was extra special because it also gave Robinson a
World Championship, as the Orioles and their young pitching staff went
on to surprise everyone and SWEEP the defending champion Los Angeles
Dodgers in the World Series.
All-around great season for Robinson, on his way to the Hall of Fame to cap off one of the all-time playing careers.