Earl Robinson, one of Cal's greatest two-sport athletes, died Friday after a long illness. He was 77

Robinson, who starred in basketball and baseball in the late 1950s, was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He was voted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in 2010.

A graduate of Berkeley High, Robinson was a 6-foot-1 guard on the basketball team, helping Cal to conference titles in 1956-58. He was team captain as a senior, when the Bears advanced to the NCAA regional final before losing to Elgin Baylor and Seattle U.

An All-America shortstop on the baseball team, Robinson hit .352 in 1957, leading the Bears to the NCAA title.

Robinson signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 and had a seven-year major league career with three teams, compiling a .268 batting average.

He spent several offseasons as an assistant basketball coach at Cal, and in 1966-67 became head coach at Merritt College -- the first African-American head basketball coach in California junior college history. Robinson also coached and taught speech classes at Laney College.

Details on a memorial service are pending.

Donations to help cover Robinson's medical expenses and end-of-life costs should be made payable to Dennis Fitzpatrick. Contributors should indicate the gift is for Earl Robinson's fund and send it to: Dennis Fitzpatrick, 1689 Comstock Ave., Los Angeles CA 90024.


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