On This Day In Baseball History: April 17, 1956


Don Drysdale

The White Sox Luis Aparicio, the Dodgers Don Drysdale, and the Reds Frank Robinson all make their Major League debuts. It is the first time in history that three future Hall of Famers debut on the same day. Aparicio will be elected based largely on his defense. His career defensive WAR is 31.6, 6th most in history. Aparicio will also collect more than 2,600 hits and steal more than 500 bases. Drysdale will go on to be selected to eight All-Star teams, win the 1962 Cy Young Award, lead the NL in wins once (1962), games started four times (1962-1965), shutouts once (1959), innings pitched twice (1962 & 1964) and strikeouts three times (1959-1960, 1962). Robinson earned his Hall credentials by being selected to 12 All-Star teams, winning Rookie of the Year (1956), and the MVP twice (1961 & 1966). Robinson was the first player to win an MVP in each league. He blasted 586 career homers, drove in 1812 rbi and batted .294.


Frank Robinson


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