Don Robinson Stats

Don Robinson was born on Saturday, June 8, 1957, in Ashland, Kentucky. Robinson was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1978, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Don Robinson baseball stats page.

"How fitting it was that on September 28, 1987 , Dave Dravecky started and Don Robinson finished a division-clinching 5-4 victory in San Diego. Moreover, it was Robinson's solo homer off Lance McCullers in the seventh inning that provided the winning run. 'That's the stuff you dream about in the backyard playing wiffeball,' an amazed Mike Krukow said of Robinson, who didn't expect to be summoned in relief and admittedly didn't have his best stuff. Recalled Robinson: 'I was in the bullpen without my knee brace on or my shoes tied. I threw only nine pitches. I wasn't ready. But the only thing on my mind when I came over here was to help this team win a pennant. It feels great.'" - Author Nick Peters in Tales from the San Francisco Giants Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Giants Stories Ever Told (Sports Publishing, 09/01/2011, 'The Clincher')
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Don "Caveman" Robinson Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#366)

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Birth Name:
Don Allen Robinson
Nickname:
Caveman, Donnie or The Caveman
Born On:
06-08-1957  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Ashland, Kentucky
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Kenova High School (Kenova, WV)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-04
Player Weight Chart Weight:
231
First Game:
04-10-1978 (Age 20)
Last Game:
07-12-1992
Draft:
1977 : 17th Round (430th)
Don Robinson

Don Robinson Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1978 21 Pirates 35 32 1 14 6 .700 3.47 9 1 1 228.1 937 203 88 98 20 57 4 135 9 3 4 -
1979 22 Pirates 29 25 1 8 8 .500 3.87 4 0 0 160.2 684 171 69 74 12 52 5 96 6 4 1 -
1980 23 Pirates 29 24 1 7 10 .412 3.99 3 2 1 160.1 671 157 71 74 14 45 5 103 7 5 2 -
1981 24 Pirates 16 2 4 0 3 .000 5.87 0 0 2 38.1 182 47 25 27 4 23 4 17 3 0 0 -
1982 25 Pirates 38 30 3 15 13 .536 4.28 6 0 0 227.0 977 213 108 123 26 103 11 165 17 3 0 -
1983 26 Pirates 9 6 2 2 2 .500 4.46 0 0 0 36.1 168 43 18 21 5 21 3 28 2 0 0 -
1984 27 Pirates 51 1 28 5 6 .455 3.02 0 0 10 122.0 500 99 41 45 6 49 4 110 5 0 0 -
1985 28 Pirates 44 6 22 5 11 .313 3.87 0 0 3 95.1 418 95 41 49 6 42 11 65 2 2 0 -
1986 29 Pirates 50 0 41 3 4 .429 3.38 0 0 14 69.1 295 61 26 27 5 27 3 53 4 2 1 -
1987 30 Pirates 42 0 37 6 6 .500 3.86 0 0 12 65.1 276 66 28 29 6 22 3 53 6 0 1 -
1987 30 Giants 25 0 17 5 1 .833 2.74 0 0 7 42.2 184 39 13 13 1 18 3 26 1 0 0 -
1988 31 Giants 51 19 19 10 5 .667 2.45 3 2 6 176.2 725 152 48 63 11 49 12 122 4 3 2 -
1989 32 Giants 34 32 2 12 11 .522 3.43 5 1 0 197.0 793 184 75 80 22 37 6 96 4 2 4 -
1990 33 Giants 26 25 0 10 7 .588 4.57 4 0 0 157.2 667 173 80 84 18 41 8 78 2 1 0 -
1991 34 Giants 34 16 7 5 9 .357 4.38 0 0 1 121.1 525 123 59 64 12 50 7 78 1 1 0 -
1992 35 Angels 3 3 0 1 0 1.000 2.20 0 0 0 16.1 69 19 4 4 1 3 0 9 1 0 0 -
1992 35 Phillies 8 8 0 1 4 .200 6.18 0 0 0 43.2 183 49 30 32 6 4 0 17 0 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
15 Years 524 229 185 109 106 .507 3.79 34 6 57 1,958.1 8,254 1,894 824 907 175 643 89 1,251 74 27 15 -
Don Robinson

Don Robinson Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1978 21 Pirates 35 85 2 20 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 22 4 0 0 0 .235 .235 .259
1979 22 Pirates 29 49 4 10 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 9 4 0 0 0 .204 .250 .204
1980 23 Pirates 30 57 4 19 4 0 1 0 8 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .456
1981 24 Pirates 17 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .250 .308 .250
1982 25 Pirates 43 85 10 24 5 0 2 0 16 3 0 22 2 1 1 2 .282 .311 .412
1983 26 Pirates 10 13 1 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .154 .154 .385
1984 27 Pirates 53 31 6 9 0 0 1 0 5 4 1 9 0 0 0 0 .290 .371 .387
1985 28 Pirates 44 21 2 5 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 11 0 0 1 0 .238 .273 .476
1986 29 Pirates 50 6 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .833
1987 30 Pirates 44 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143
1987 30 Giants 25 11 2 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .273 .273 .636
1988 31 Giants 52 52 2 9 2 0 1 0 4 2 0 12 2 0 0 1 .173 .204 .269
1989 32 Giants 40 81 7 15 1 0 3 0 7 1 0 23 0 0 0 0 .185 .195 .309
1990 33 Giants 31 63 4 9 1 0 2 0 7 0 0 17 3 0 0 2 .143 .143 .254
1991 34 Giants 35 40 1 6 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 13 0 0 0 0 .150 .171 .175
1992 35 Angels 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1992 35 Phillies 10 18 0 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 .389 .389 .556
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
15 Years 551 631 47 146 23 0 13 1 69 16 1 168 15 1 2 6 .231 .252 .330
Don Robinson

Don Robinson Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1978 Pirates P 35 32 685 43 1.2 42 10 32 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.66
1979 Pirates P 29 25 482 19 0.7 17 7 10 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .895 0.95
1980 Pirates P 29 24 481 38 1.3 36 13 23 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.02
1981 Pirates P 16 2 115 15 0.9 15 7 8 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.52
1982 Pirates P 38 30 681 43 1.1 39 14 25 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .907 1.55
1983 Pirates P 9 6 109 7 0.8 7 1 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1984 Pirates LF 1 1 15 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
1984 Pirates P 51 1 366 26 0.5 26 8 18 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.92
1985 Pirates P 44 6 286 18 0.4 18 7 11 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.70
1986 Pirates P 50 0 208 15 0.3 15 6 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.95
1987 Pirates P 42 0 196 13 0.3 13 4 9 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.79
1987 Giants P 25 0 128 7 0.3 7 4 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.48
1988 Giants P 51 19 530 34 0.7 31 12 19 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .912 1.58
1989 Giants P 34 32 591 18 0.5 18 6 12 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.82
1990 Giants P 26 25 473 22 0.8 22 4 18 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.26
1991 Giants P 34 16 364 23 0.7 23 7 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.71
1992 Angels P 3 3 49 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1992 Phillies P 8 8 131 5 0.6 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.03
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 524 229 5,875 346 0.7 334 112 222 12 10 n/a n/a n/a .965 1.53
LF Totals 1 1 15 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.60
15 Years 525 230 5,890 348 0.7 336 114 222 12 10 n/a n/a n/a .966 1.54
Don Robinson

Don Robinson Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1978 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 28.3 2.37 5.32 2.25
1979 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.4 16.3 1.85 5.38 2.91
1980 Pirates 0 1 .000 0 1 n/a 57.0 4.8 7.1 2.29 5.78 2.53
1981 Pirates 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 0.0 3.0 12.0 0.74 3.99 5.40
1982 Pirates 0 0 .000 3 2 n/a 42.5 3.9 5.3 1.60 6.54 4.08
1983 Pirates 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 13.0 3.3 4.3 1.33 6.94 5.20
1984 Pirates 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 31.0 3.4 6.2 2.24 8.11 3.61
1985 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 21.0 1.9 5.3 1.55 6.14 3.97
1986 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.0 6.0 1.96 6.88 3.50
1987 Pirates 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 7.0 2.41 7.30 3.03
1987 Giants 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 11.0 5.5 11.0 1.44 5.48 3.80
1988 Giants 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 52.0 4.3 13.0 2.49 6.22 2.50
1989 Giants 0 0 .000 6 0 n/a 27.0 3.5 11.6 2.59 4.39 1.69
1990 Giants 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 31.5 3.7 9.0 1.90 4.45 2.34
1991 Giants 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 3.1 10.0 1.56 5.79 3.71
1992 Angels 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.00 4.96 1.65
1992 Phillies 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 18.0 4.25 3.50 0.82
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
15 Years 0 1 .000 26 5 0 48.5 3.8 9.1 1.95 5.75 2.96
Don Robinson

Don Robinson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1978 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $21,000.00 - -
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $21,000.00 - Stats
1980 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $30,000.00 - -
1981 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $110,000.00 - -
1982 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $123,000.00 - -
1983 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $370,000.00 - -
1984 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $417,000.00 - -
1985 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $520,000.00 - -
1986 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $670,000.00 - -
1987 Pittsburgh Pirates 43 $795,000.00 - -
1987 San Francisco Giants 48 , 40 "     " - -
1988 San Francisco Giants 40 $900,000.00 - -
1989 San Francisco Giants 31 $900,000.00 - Stats
1990 San Francisco Giants 31 $950,000.00 - -
1991 San Francisco Giants 31 $2,450,000.00 - -
1992 California Angels 40 $900,000.00 - -
1992 Philadelphia Phillies 35 "     " - -


Don Robinson was one of the best-hitting pitchers during his era and led all National League pitchers in batting average in 1982, 1989 and 1990, winning three Silver Slugger Awards including the first by a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher (1982) and the first by a San Francisco Giants pitcher (1989 & 1990).

Don Robinson, Best Hitting Pitcher
Don Robinson | Best Hitting Pitcher of the 1980s | The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract | Page 388
On September 12, 1985 , Don Robinson hit the sixth home run of his career, his first off Warren Brusstar , and his first grand slam. In that same game, The Caveman also recorded a save, only the second time in baseball history where a pitcher hit a grand slam and recorded a save in the same game! Do you know what pitcher preceded Don Robinson? Clue: He pitched for the Pirates . [ Answer ]

Don Robinson Grand Slam
Don Robinson Grand Slam | The Pantagraph | September 13, 1985 | Page 1
Did you know that Don Robinson surrendered the longest home run ever hit in Three Rivers Stadium on April 18, 1979 , a '483 missile into the upper deck of left field off the bat of Greg Luzinski ? Too easy? Did you know that Don Robinson also has his name in the 500 Home Runs Club ? Not because he finished with thirteen, but because he he gave up Mike Schmidt's 500th career home run on April 18, 1987 .

Last-Modified: October 17, 2019 3:41 AM EST

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