If you’re a young baseball player going through major league spring training you might expect to run sprints or do drills. You probably don’t plan on having to write a history essay– but that’s exactly what Orioles manager Buck Showalter instructed outfielder Josh Hart to do.
Hart got his homework after Showalter introduced him to Frank Robinson… and Hart had no idea who the Hall of Famer was. “I said, ‘OK, I want tomorrow by this time I want a page on Frank Robinson,”’ Showalter told the New York Daily News. “I said, ‘You go home, you research it and you come back tomorrow and have it on my desk.”’
For those of you who might need a little history refresher yourself, Robinson led the Orioles to four World Series, was voted MVP of the National and American Leagues, and was the major leagues’ first black manager. He has served as coach, manager, and executive for the Orioles, and is currently Major League Baseball’s executive vice-president of baseball development.
Hart completed the assignment on time. “Google and Wikipedia helped me a lot,” he said.
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