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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Frank Robinson, 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Charcoal #18

Happy 76th birthday, Frank Robinson! Nothing seems to slow down Robby, who punished pitchers with a career total of 586 home runs. He hit only 2 of those on August 31:

-August 31, 1956: Rookie Frank celebrated his 21st birthday with his 31st longball, a game-tying shot off of Chicago's Bob Rush to tie the game 3-3. Five batters later, the Reds celebrated a walkoff win on a Smoky Burgess sacrifice fly.

-August 31, 1966: En route to a Triple Crown, MVP, and World Series win in his debut season in Baltimore, Frank showed that he wasn't an old 31 by taking Luis Tiant deep in Cleveland. His two-out eighth inning blast also scored Curt Blefary and gave the O's a 2-1 lead. They went on to win 5-1 and boosted their stranglehold on first place to a dozen games.

Do you know how Frank Robinson celebrates his birthday? However he damned well pleases.

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