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Frank Robinson Signs Contract with Reds

Feb. 6, 1963 - Frank Robinson (pictured last September), who said at the end of last season he would quit baseball, today signed his 1963 contract with the Cincinnati Reds for an estimated club record $60,000. Robinson and outfield sidekick Vada Pinson inked their pacts in general manager Bill DeWitt’s office and immediately flew to California for a vacation before starting the grind of spring training. Pinson, who lives in Oakland, signed for an estimated $29,000. Robinson, a former Oakland resident who now makes his home in Cincinnati, received a raise estimated at $20,000. Asked if he was serious when he threatened to quit at the end of last season, his greatest in the major leagues, Robinson said, “Yes, but with this kind of contract in front of me I changed my mind. It is a wonderful contract.”


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