Eddie Robinson’s phone has been ringing for several days, from places all over the country.
Robinson, 95, a longtime Fort Worth resident and former Texas Rangers general manager, is the remaining survivor of the Cleveland Indians’ last World Series winning team. It included legends Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige, Larry Doby and player/manager Lou Boudreau.
Robinson, a first baseman, hit .300 as the Indians beat the Boston Braves in six games. They haven’t won it since. Their opponent in the best-of-seven series, which begins Tuesday night in Cleveland, is the Chicago Cubs, who last won the World Series in 1908.
Robinson, who was born in Paris, Texas, in 1920, goes into great detail about his time with the Indians in his book Lucky Me: My Sixty-Five Years in Baseball, which he co-authored with C. Paul Rogers III.
The Indians haven’t yet called to check in on Robinson, but he’s received calls from reporters from North Carolina, Wyoming and New York. A videographer is set to record his reactions during Game 1 from his east Fort Worth home.
“I’m pulling for Cleveland and I want Cleveland to win,” he said. “I’ve watched every game. I really want them to break that jinx.”
Robinson played for the Chicago White Sox from 1950-52, and is the oldest living former New York Yankees player. He was honored at Yankees Stadium during the club’s 70th annual Old-Timers’ Day in June.
“I might consider going to Game 6 or 7. If they go back to Cleveland, I’d consider doing that,” he said.
Robinson played with Tito Francona, father of Indians manager Terry Francona, with the Baltimore Orioles in 1957, Robinson’s last season in the big leagues and Francona’s second season in the majors. Although his Indians’ ties run deep, the longtime scout says the Cubs should be the favorite.
“Cleveland won with some players and Band-Aids, they had so many injuries,” he said. “I don’t think Cleveland is anywhere near full strength. The Cubs have good pitching and their offense has been good once they broke out of their slump against Los Angeles.”
(Best-of-seven; x-if necessary)
Cleveland vs. Chicago
All games at 7 p.m. on KDFW/4
Tonight: at Cleveland
Wed.: at Cleveland
Fri: at Chicago
Sat: at Chicago
x-Sun: at Chicago
x-Nov. 1: at Cleveland
x-Nov. 2: at Cleveland