FRANK ROBINSON: The Making of a Manager by Russell J. Schneider

FRANK ROBINSON: The Making of a Manager

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This is ""a factual account of Robinson's pioneer effort, a day-by-day chronicle of the ecstasy and agony he experienced"" as viewed by a Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist. Robinson, a certain future Hall-of-Famer, became baseball's first black manager in the fall of 1974 when given his chance by Phil Seghi, the general manager of the ""long unsuccessful"" Cleveland Indians. A designated hitter-manager at first, Robinson homered to help win his first managerial decision before the team began to slide, largely the result of fundamental errors and the dissension caused by players such as Gaylord Perry, Blue Moon Odom, and John Ellis. A struggling club lacking ""togetherness,"" the Indians didn't jell until late in the season when they took 27 of their last 42 games, finishing in 4th place with a respectable 79-80 record. Though an outspoken and intense individual, Robinson kept his poise throughout his trying initial campaign and was deservedly rehired for the following year. A capable job for all concerned.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1976
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan