Originally Posted by WVRedsFan
NOt in our house. My Dad yelled and screamed about this trade for years. And if I remember correctly, it got worse after he saw Milt Pappas pitch the first time. I can remember him saying, "yep, you gotta have pitching, but you don't trade away Frank Robinsons for pitching."
As I think back, I can't remember anyone thinking it was a good deal.
You sound like you were in the minority. From Redleg Journal
"Although this was one of the worst deals the Reds ever completed, it received almost no negative fan reaction when it was first announced. Cincinnati's first black star, Robinson never seemed to do enough to please Reds fans no matter how well he performed. During the 1965 season, letters to the editor in newspapers throughout Reds country demanded that he be traded, and in August, Robinson was booed so excessvely at Crosley Field that Dave Sisler made a public appeal for the fans to lay off of the star outfielder... By mid-season in 1966, Reds fans wanted to run Bill DeWitt out of town for generating the deal as the Reds slumped with a losing record and the Orioles - led by Robinson - were running away with the American League crown. Robinson won the American League MVP award, led the Orioles to the World Championship, and won the Triple Crown, by hitting .316 with 49 homers and 122 RBIs."
I wonder if any of the fans who booed Robinson and wrote the letters to the editor were the same ones who wanted DeWitt gone a few months later?