Bill Robinson dies; was Phils player, coach

Posted: July 30, 2007

LAS VEGAS - Former Phillies outfielder Bill Robinson, who was working as the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor-league hitting coordinator, died yesterday of an apparent heart attack. The resident of Sewell, Gloucester County, was 64.

Mr. Robinson was found in his hotel room in Las Vegas, where he was working with players for the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate.

"Bill was a wonderful family man and a great baseball player, coach, manager and friend to everyone he met," Dodger general manager Ned Colletti said.

Mr. Robinson played two stints for the Phillies, from 1972 to '74 and 1982 to '83.

He played in the majors from 1966 to '83, with 1,127 hits, 166 home runs and 641 RBIs as an outfielder for Atlanta, the New York Yankees, the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Mr. Robinson served as a coach for several organizations. He also was a minor-league coach and manager in the Phillies' farm system and was an analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight in 1990-91.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife Mary Alice, a son and a daughter. Services were pending.

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