Frank Robinson & The 1956 Rookie Of The Year Award
I enjoy celebrating the Rookie of the Year Award because I like to see a young guy play and act like a veteran on the field. Typically reserved for the more well-rounded player, the award does not always lead to an award filled career, but it does indicate that for a young player, the stats compiled are well above the competition.
And in 1956, Frank Robinson did not disappoint.
Winning the award unanimously by capturing all 24 votes, Robinson put up some very solid numbers during the 1956 baseball season. Robinson collected 166 hits en route to a .290 batting average. Of his 166 hits, 27 were doubles, 8 were triples, and 38 were home runs. He also contributed 83 RBI while scoring 122 runs.
A heck of a way to start a career in the major leagues if you ask me…