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Photo of the Day: Frank Robinson on “Face the Nation” in 1974

Nov 20, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

Frank Robinson

CBS and the Washington Post run videos of old “Face the Nation” clips. Today’s flashback choice is from 1974, when newly-hired Cleveland Indians manager Frank Robinson — the first black manager in baseball history — was a guest. The video is here. It’s not long. It features Robinson’s comments about how it seemed that, before his hiring, no one would consider blacks for skipper jobs.

The video is interesting enough, but the real value of it is the image. Photos from this same era, I’m assuming, are all the rage among Robinson’s children and grandchildren when they really want to make him feel old. We do the same thing to my dad, who rocked a pretty similar jacket back then. Maybe that’s not nice of us but our kids and grandchildren will do the same to us with bad, baggy three-button suits with monochrome shirt-tie combos from the late 90s.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Well Craig, none of your grandchildren are likely to be making fun of your hairstyle, are they?

    • heyblueyoustink - Nov 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Cold…..blooded…… but now now, Gator, you never know when Craig might catch the mid life crisis bug:

      • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        Aww, no. You want to talk midlife crisis, you’re talking this:!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/petraeus-jet.jpg&imgrefurl=

      • heyblueyoustink - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Now that’s more like a mid-life disaster. And certainly not the first public servant to do such things:

      • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Absolutely my second all time favorite political button after “Sterilize LBJ: No More Ugly Children” and third all time favorite of any kind behind “Jefferson Airplane Loves You.”

        However, I think Monica ought to run for President with Chloe Sevigny as her vice-presidential candidate on the Brown Bunny ticket.

      • bigharold - Nov 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Perhaps it’s because of the time I grew up in but this will always be my favorite button..

  2. kkolchak - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    At least Frank didn’t have a ridiculously large ‘fro, like so many other black athletes had back in the ’70s. :)

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      Oscar Gamble, anyone?

      • dexterismyhero - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        Jose Cardenas?

      • dexterismyhero - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM


    • paperlions - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      I assume you meant “awesomely large ‘fro”.

      • kkolchak - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        That too!

  3. contraryguy - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Isn’t that the same suit Dan Aykroyd wore in the SNL ‘male prostitute’ sketch back in the 70’s?

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