Note: This page is for 1970s first baseman Tom Robson; for the minor league pitcher from the 2010s, click here.
Thomas James Robson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Phoenix College, Arizona State University, Utah State University
- High School Camelback High School
- Debut September 14, 1974
- Final Game September 18, 1975
- Born January 15, 1946 in Rochester, NY USA
- Died April 20, 2021 in Chandler, AZ USA
Tom Robson was drafted in the 50th round of the 1967 amateur draft but managed to get to the majors anyway. In addition to 23 games in the bigs, he had some notable seasons in the minors, and then had a long career as a hitting coach for some major league teams and in Japan.
Tom was born in Rochester, NY but went to high school in Phoenix, AZ. He was at Utah State University at the same time as Dyar Miller. Tom played nine seasons in the minors, hitting 197 home runs. Peaks included 1968, when he hit 35 dingers for the Visalia Mets; 1973, when he hit 38 homers for the Pittsfield Rangers; and 1974, when he hit 41 round-trippers for the Spokane Indians (he was Pacific Coast League MVP that year). In addition to the power, he also frequently hit over .300 in the minors, accumulating an overall batting average of .292 and OBP of .368.
Along with his pro career in the USA, Tom also played briefly in Mexico and Japan. After his playing days, he managed for several years in the minors, and then was hitting coach for the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers, as well as in Japan.
- 1973 Player of the Year Eastern League Pittsfield Rangers
- 1974 MVP Pacific Coast League Spokane Indians
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1979||Wausau Timbers||Midwest League||69-61||4th||Co-op||Lost in 1st round|
|1980||Asheville Tourists||South Atlantic League||69-71||5th||Texas Rangers|
|1981||Asheville Tourists||South Atlantic League||74-68||4th||Texas Rangers|