Frank Robinson Friday: The Future Hall of Famer Wasn’t Bowled Over by News of His Trade to the Baltimore Orioles

Frank Robinson StatueThe Baltimore Orioles will honor the life of the late Frank Robinson prior to Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees. “A Celebration of Frank” is one of several ways that the franchise is remembering one of its greatest players in 2019.

The O’s are wearing commemorative “20” patches on their jerseys this season, and the Orioles Charitable Foundations is donating a total of $60,000 to civil right and African American museums.

Here at Roar From 34, I’ll have Frank Robinson Fridays throughout the season in place of my traditional Flashback Fridays. One way to honor the Orioles great, especially for fans who never saw him play, is to learn more about him.

The focus of this first Frank Robinson Friday is how he reacted to news of his trade to the Baltimore Orioles.

Frank Robinson posted a .296/.386/.540 slash line for the Cincinnati Reds in 1965 with 33 homers and 113 RBI. The All-Star finished 18th in MVP voting after previously winning the award following the 1961 season. He posted a 5.1 WAR. Still, as he entered his third decade, he had been labeled “an old 30” and became part of the “best trade in Orioles history.”

So how did the man himself react to the trade?

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Your Answers for #OsMadLibs: What’s Strange About Mike Wright is ….

Chris Davis and Mike Wright

Original image: Norm Schimmel

The concept for #OsMadLibs is a simple one. I take a comment that is made during the Orioles radio broadcast and remove some words. O’s fans then fill in the blank with their own creative takes via Twitter.

Things got off to a strong start during the Orioles‘ home opener on Thursday.

The MadLib, based on a Jim Hunter comment, was as follows:


“What’s strange about Mike Wright is _____________________.”

Here are the responses from Orioles Twitter.

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What are the Unwritten Rules for Booing Baseball Players?

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis photo credit: Norm Schimmel

Baltimore Orioles human Rorschach test Chris Davis got booed multiple times on Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. You know how the saying goes: “Boo me once, shame on you. Boo me twice, shame on me.”

Actually, I made that saying up. It’s like an unwritten rule of baseball. Repeat it enough, it catches on, and before long people are saying it without really thinking about whether it makes sense in the first place.

If you struggle to locate the logic and consistency in the unwritten rules of baseball, BUCKle Up for the unwritten rules of fan behavior.

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I Can’t Believe, Today is Opening Day

There’s something about Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles that speaks to the musical side of me. What can I say? I wake up on Opening Day with a song in my heart. Several in fact.

I shared my Opening Day Playlist a few years ago. This year’s selection is … less traditional. Just imagine Ice Cube as an Orioles fan getting ready to hop on the Light Rail and head down to Camden Yards. As I said, less traditional.

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What’s in Your 2019 Baltimore Orioles Survival Kit?

It’s unique to enter a baseball season so certain of a team’s ineptitude. If you’ve been a Baltimore Orioles fan for any amount of time, you know what it’s like to brace yourself for losing at Camden Yards and beyond. But even amidst the many dark days of Orioles seasons past, we fans held onto a sliver of hope.

In days past, we kept a belief in Orioles Magic in our hearts and the tune to Orioles Magic in our heads. In 2019 … there is no hope.


The team will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Why Not?” in August. “Why Not?” was originally an incomplete sentence, as in “Why Not Us?” These days, it’s a death sentence.

There are many reasons why not, so many in fact that the oddsmakers are setting all-time low win totals for the O’s, which leads to fun headlines like this: “There are a few (crazy) people placing wagers on the Orioles to win the World Series in 2019.

Well, for what it’s worth, Seal did warn us that we’re never going to survive unless we are a little crazy.

We’re entering the wilderness of the Orioles’ rebuild in the hopes of ultimately reaching baseball’s promised land. If you’re a part of that journey (and if you’re reading this, you surely must be), I ask, “What’s in your 2019 Baltimore Orioles survival kit?”

Here’s what’s in mine:

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No Bassoons. No Brawls. Still a Rite of Spring. Chatting with the Guys at Birds Eye View.

Bird's Eye ViewI enjoyed the opportunity to check-in this week with the fine gentlemen over at Birds Eye View for my annual March podcast interview. It has become a rite of spring.

The actual Rite of Spring is Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, the debut of which has been described as follows: “It began with a bassoon and ended in a brawl.”

I can’t promise anything as exciting as bassoons and brawls. Highbrow it is not. I still think it’s worth a listen.


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Should the Orioles Retire Adam Jones’ Number? Let’s Name the Camden Yards Centerfield Bar After Him Instead.

Earlier this week I shared my appreciation for Adam Jones, who has joined the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2019 baseball season.

I had the chance to talk more about Jones’ legacy in Baltimore and examine the question of whether the Orioles should retire his number during a guest spot on the Locked On Orioles podcast.

Give the podcast a listen. Maybe we can get some traction for the idea to name the Camden Yards Centerfield Bar after the Cap10.


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