Frazier Robinson

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Henry Frazier Robinson
(Slow, Hank)

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Frazier Robinson was a Negro League catcher for nine years. His brother Norman Robinson also played in the Negro Leagues.

Robinson played semi-pro ball during the 1930s, and was signed, along with his brother, to the Kansas City Monarchs' travelling "B" Team, then named the "Satchel Paige All-Stars", managed by Newt Joseph. Paige gave him his nickname "Slow", based upon his slowness of speech.

He debuted in the top levels of Negro League ball with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1942, signed to help replace the injured Joe Greene late in the season. When Greene returned, Robinson remained as a backup catcher but did not play in the 1942 Negro World Series. He split 1943 between the Monarchs, New York Black Yankees and Baltimore Elite Giants before joining the US Navy.

Exiting the Navy after World War II, Robinson backed up Bob Clark with Baltimore in 1946. He became a starter at age 38 in 1948 and ended his career by hitting .225 in 1950. He and his brother were again teammates in 1946-1947.

Frazier was noted for his trouble hitting the curveball.


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