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Frederick Robbins

Baseball (Inducted: 1978-79)


Frederick  Robbins

Few men in the history of athletics at Lafayette were able to make such a dramatic impact on two sports as was Fred "Peck" Robbins, an Easton native. Robbins was perhaps best known for his feats as a fireballing southpaw pitcher on legendary Charley Gelbert's Leopard baseball teams of the late 1940's. Peck also made his mark as a high-scoring halfback on the varsity football team.

A 1944 graduate of Easton High School, Robbins scampered for five touchdowns in a 64-0 slaughter of Lehigh in the fall of his freshman year. He was a major reason the Leopards finished 6-1 that season under head coach Ben Wolfson. After a stint in the U.S. Army following his induction into the service during his sophomore year, he also played for the 6-3 Leopards' football team in 1947 under Ivy Williamson. A second-team All-America pitcher, Robbins captained the 1949 Lafayette baseball team, and also posted a sensational 1.62 earned run average as a senior. During his junior year, Robbins led Lafayette into the NCAA championship finals, the equivalent of the modern College World Series.