Jacob Robinson

Jacob Robinson, born March 27th, 1920 in Little Rock, AR,1 was a Negro league baseball player from about 1946-1954.


Robinson was the son of Guy Robinson and Dora Robinson and grew up in Little Rock, AR.2

As a teenager, Robinson player with the Dubisson Tigers in Little Rock. Later, he played with the Chicago American Giants in the Negro American League in 19463 and 1947.4 He was also with the Topeka Giants in 1947 and the Grand Rapids Black Sox from 1947-1953.5 He was also briefly a player-manager of the 1954 Detroit Stars.6

Robinson died on April 5th, 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI.7 He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Grand Rapids.8


"Taylor believes he has found a good third baseman in Jacob Robinson, of Little Rock, Ark."9

"Third base at present is being [held] down by Jacob Robinson from Little Rock, Ark."10

"Jake Robinson, coach with the Detroit Stars since the team came into the Negro American league last spring, has been named manager of the club, replacing owner Ted Raspberry, who will devote more time to business end. A product of Little Rock, Ark., Robinson was a member of the Chicago American Giants at one time."11

"Jacob Robinson, born March 27, 1920 in Little Rock, AK. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, seeing action in the Pacific Theatre and earned the rank of Staff Sgt. Upon his Honorable Discharge, he moved to Grand Rapids where he met and married Thelma Booker, his wife of over 60 years, who preceded him in death on July 8, 2012. Jake was a member of the Negro baseball league before and after the war. The youngest of 11 children, he is survived by his brothers-in-law, Joseph, Frederick (Wilma) and Kenneth Booker; sister-in-law, Mozella Booker; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing from 1-5PM, Friday, April 12, 2013, at Brown's Funeral Home; Funeral Services on Saturday April 13, at Brown's Funeral Chapel, both located at 627 Jefferson SE. Family hour at 10:00AM with Funeral Services officiated by Pastor Jeffrey Cummings beginning at 11:00AM."12


1947 Stats at Baseball-Reference.com.

Statistics at Seamheads.com.
3 Chicago Defender, 3/30/1946, p.11
4 Chicago Defender, 4/19/1947, p.19
6 Chicago Defender, 8/21/1954
9 Chicago Defender, 4/19/1947, p.19
10 Chicago Defender, 5/17/1947, p.19
11 Chicago Defender, 8/21/1954