Today’s quote comes from a Hall of Famer, and one of the best Reds in history — our 1961 National League Most Valuable Player, Frank Robinson:

“Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined.”—Frank Robinson

Robinson was hit by pitches 20 times during his 1956 Rookie of the Year campaign, while tying a National League record for rookie home runs with 38. He remains the Reds career leader in slugging percentage with .554 and OPS at .943.

The quote is widely known; my source was the book “The Wisdom of Old-Time Baseball” compiled and edited by Criswell Freeman.