The Obit For Hank Robinson

Henry Robinson

Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal from April 13 to April 15, 2012

Henry F. "Hank" Robinson, 89, of Las Vegas, passed away April 7, 2012. He was born March 27, 1923 in Covington, Tenn., and was a 23-year resident of Nevada. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a retired actor-stuntman with hundreds of film and television credits from "The Apple Dumpling Gang" through "Zapped" (see the International Movie Database, IMDB, for details). His "umpire pickle" scene with Leslie Nielsen in "The Naked Gun" is a cult favorite.

While best remembered for his 'umpire and baseball coach' roles in over 350 projects, he was a great cowboy, too. From "Bonanza" through "Blazing Saddles", he rode through the Hollywood "wild west". Television roles included 24 episodes of "Mannix" through "Quantum Leap". He was the "baseball consultant" on over 100 projects from "Fame" through "The Wonder Years". He filmed over 210 national commercials.

A former pro-baseball player and manager for the New York Yankees, the Pittsburg Pirates, and The Cincinnati Reds organizations (1942-57), Hank had a career average of .301 and 1006 RBI's. He scouted and coached young ballplayers in California and Nevada, developing their skills. More than 250 signed pro-contracts, and hundreds more played college and high school under his coaching.

An avid golfer, he had three hole-in-one's to his credit.

No services are scheduled.

A memorial baseball game is planned for June on Los Angeles.

He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Mildred; daughters, Carin and Debra; and son, Robbie; also, three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations c/o Henry F. Robinson Memorial Fund may be made at any Bank of America.