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:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down. It made me more determined.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬â€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.