"Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager of a major league baseball team when he was named player-manager of the Cleveland Indians," writes Phil Wood in his accompanying LOA. "After a slow start by the Tribe in 1977, he became the first African-American manager fired, when he was replaced after 57 games. He finished that season on the coaching staff of the California Angels, and that winter was hired to return to Baltimore to serve as hitting coach on manager Earl Weaver's staff. This jersey dates to that assignment. Robinson's stay on the 1978 Baltimore coaching staff turned out to be brief, as he was tapped in May to replace Ken Boyer as manager of the Rochester Red Wings, the Orioles' AAA farm club."
Manufactured by Rawlings, the size 42, set 1 jersey shows light wear and features a "custom-tailored inside pocket stitched behind the number 2 on the left breast, not uncommon on Baltimore manager/coach jerseys of this vintage."
Wood's LOA concludes, "I covered the Orioles on a daily basis at home during the 1973-2004 seasons, and I had the opportunity to be in the clubhouse hundreds of times over the years. This jersey is not only from one of the most significant names in Baltimore sports history, but also a legitimate hero of the sport...In my expert opinion, the authenticity of this jersey is unquestionably genuine. It is correct in every aspect. Its condition is immaculate, due to Robinson's brief tenure on the major league coaching staff in 1978."