The last link to Cleveland Indians’ World Series glory will be on hand hoping to celebrate the team’s first title since 1948.
Longtime Fort Worth resident Eddie Robinson, 95, is the lone survivor of the Indians’ last World Series winning team. Robinson was the Texas Rangers general manager from 1977-82.
Eddie Robinson is the lone member of the Cleveland Indians’ last World Series-winning team from 1948. He’s also the oldest-living player to play in a World Series and he’s the oldest former player for the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators.
Indians public affairs executive Bob DiBiasio called Robinson this weekend, at first apologizing for not contacting him sooner.
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“He thought he blew it. It didn’t enter his mind,” Robinson said. “They’re taking good care of us.”
He and wife Bette flew to Cleveland on Monday morning and will attend Game 6 Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The Indians lead the Chicago Cubs 3-2.
They’re taking good care of us.
Eddie Robinson on the Indians
The Indians put the Robinsons up in the Radisson Hotel next door to the ballpark. Robinson doesn’t know yet whether he’ll be asked to throw out the first pitch before Game 6 or be introduced during pregame ceremonies.
“They just got me here,” he said. “I don’t have any idea.”
Robinson, who played first base, is the oldest living player to play for a World Series champion and the oldest living former player for the Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.