May 19 – Happy Birthday Freddie Robbins

260243The Amsterdam Evening Recorder sports staff used to refer to him as Freddie Robbins. He was a left-handed pitcher from Easton, PA who joined the Amsterdam Rugmaker Staff in 1950 at the age of 24, which back then was sort of old to be reaching the C-Level of the Minor Leagues. But Robbins had been pretty busy doing other things.

After graduating from Easton High School in 1944 he went into the Army and served at the tail end of WWII. When he got out, he attended Lafayette College where he earned a BS in Chemistry and became a legend in two sports for the Leopards, starring in both baseball and football and ending up in the school’s Maroon Club Hall of Fame. They called him “Peck” Robbins at Lafayette and he led the school’s baseball team to the NCAA Championship Finals in his junior year and posted a sensational 1.62 ERA as a senior. He had a blazing fastball and used it to become an All-American selection and earn a contract with the Yankees, who signed him and sent him to Amsterdam, NY…

You can read the rest of my story about this former Amsterdam Rugmaker in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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