CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Eddie Robinson is the last living evidence of the Indians 1948 championship team.
The 1948 Indians team included coaches Lou Boudreau and Mel Harder and on the field, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Larry Doby. All of those guys have their jersey numbers retired by the Indians and sadly have since passed away.
But Tuesday, Eddie Robinson will be at Progressive Field to see if this year's team can do the same thing his team did 68 years ago.
He began his career with the Tribe in 1942 and went on to work in baseball through the 1980s.
He was born in 1920, the same year the Indians won their first title and played first base on the last team that won a championship in 1948.
Robinson told his hometown newspaper Star-Telegram that the Indians called him up this past weekend and asked if he would join the team for Game 6 in Cleveland. He arrived Monday morning.
Robinson, a four-time all-star, also talked with our sister station, KTVT-TV in Dallas-Forth Worth. He described how different the game is played these days.
"They're up there, it looks to me, like trying to hit home runs and swinging at balls in the dirt," he said. "So many balls in the dirt! And they never choke up on the bat."
He also says the way teams celebrate wins is vastly different from the way they celebrated back then.
"The big celebrations they have today with the champagne and the glasses and all that, we just went in and got our shower, after winning the pennant after beating the Red Sox and then we spent the night at the hotel," he said.
The Indians have not said anything about anyone throwing out the first pitch tonight, but don't be surprised if it's Robinson. At the very least, the Indians will likely honor the last living Indians champion sometime during the game.
Game 6 against the Chicago Cubs starts at 8:08 p.m. at Progressive Field.
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