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Former major league baseball player Eddie Robinson is among three former Paris High School students who will be honored by the Paris Independent School District during Homecoming festivities on Sept. 27 with the school district’s Distinguished Graduate Award.
Honored along with Robinson will be James Robert “Bob” Biard and Blake Neely. Robinson was from the Class of 1938, Biard from the Class of 1948, and Neely from the Class of 1987.
The three will be honored:
The Distinguished Graduate Award is the highest and most prestigious award that PISD can bestow on one of its graduates.
The award honors Paris ISD graduates who are nationally or internationally recognized for their career accomplishments, distinguishing themselves as leaders and role models.
Former students, staff and friends of Paris ISD are encouraged to attend any or all of the presentations.
To make reservations, community members who wish to attend the 1:30 p.m. presentation should contact school Public Relations Director Jeanne Kraft at 903.737.7473, extension 2328 by Sept. 5.
Robinson, 92, was a first baseman during a 13-year playing career in 1942 and from 1946 to 1957. He was on the roster of seven of the eight American League teams in existence in the 1940s and 1950s. At the age of 27, he helped the Cleveland Indians win the 1948 World Series. Overall, he appeared in 1,315 major league games and batted .268 with 172 home runs.
He played for the Cleveland Indians (1942, 1946-1948), Washington Senators (1949-1950), Chicago White Sox (1950-1952), Philadelphia Athletics (1953), New York Yankees (1954-1956), Kansas City Athletics (1956), Detroit Tigers (1957), the Cleveland Indians (1957) and the Baltimore Orioles (1957).
He was a four-time All-Star, in 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1953.
After retirement, he stayed in baseball through the 1980s, working in different capacities — scout, coach, player of development or general manager for the Baltimore Orioles, the Houston Astros, the Kansas City Athletics, the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra