Yank Robinson

William H. "Yank" Robinson (September 19, 1859 – August 25, 1894) was a professional baseball player from 1882 to 1892. He played 10 seasons of Major League Baseball, principally as an infielder, for the Detroit Wolverines (1882), Baltimore Monumentals (1884), St. Louis Browns (1885–1889, 1891), Pittsburgh Burghers (1890), Cincinnati Kelly's Killers (1891), and Washington Senators (1892).

Robinson was a starter for St. Louis Browns teams that won four consecutive American Association pennants and the 1886 World Series. While playing for the Browns, he set the major league record with 116 walks in 1888 and broke his own record with 118 walks in 1889. During his peak years from 1887 to 1890, Robinson drew 472 free passes (427 walks and 45 times hit by pitch) and 400 hits in 2,115 plate appearances, giving him a "free pass" percentage of .223 and an on-base percentage of .412. His Offensive WAR ratings of 3.8, 3.7 and 3.6 ranked sixth in the American Association in 1886 and 1887 and eighth in 1888.

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