While these Columbia Reds were not to reach peaks quite this high again, they would in many ways do even better than that... not so much in the standings as with the talent. Dreyfus Field had produced 8 future All-Stars by this point. What they hadn't done yet was produce a true Hall of Famer. That would all change when the incumbent Southern League Champs came to the ballpark in 1954. After
putting up incredible numbers in Ogden (.348, 20 2B, 17 HR in 72 games), 18 year old Frank Robinson came to Dreyfus Field looking to showcase enough talent to send him on his way to the Big Leagues. Finally of "age" at 18, Robinson was the only teenager in Dreyfus Field. And with that... Frank Robinson lit up Dreyfus Field... batting .336 with 32 doubles, 9 triples and a new Dreyfus Field record of 25 Homers, easily beating anyone that came before him. Frank would lead the Columbia Reds to the playoffs where they lost in the first round in both 1954 and 1955 when he returned for half a season hitting .263 with 15 2B and 12 HR. Charlie Rabe (21-7, 2.01) took the all time low in ERA to help matters. By 1956 Frank Robinson was in the Majors for good. The Reds gave him the full reign of Crosley Field and at 20 years of age, Frank Robinson was electric, slamming 38 massive HR while batting .290 to run away with the Rookie of the Year Award, the first Columbia Red ever to do so. By 21 he had his 2nd All-Star appearance and by 22 his first Gold Glove. By 1961, Robinson's 37 HR, 125 RBI, .323 Batting Average, 1.015 OPS led Frank to his National League MVP award. His second MVP would come in 1966, during his first season with the Orioles when he put up a monster 39 HR, 122 RBI .316 Average season to win the A.L. Triple Crown and an 1.047 OPS which also led the league. In all, Frank Robinson posted 12 All-Star appearances, 2 MVP Awards, the Rookie of the Year Award, A Gold Glove and in 15 of Robinson's 21 seasons, his statistics were enough to put him on the ballot for considerations of the MVP Award. Back here at Dreyfus Field, Robinson's second and final year at this ballpark led to an 89-51 (.636) record which put the Columbia Reds in the playoffs for the 9th time in 12 years with 2 Southern League titles. Sadly it was also the end of an era. After 15 years, the Cincinnati Reds said goodbye and announced they were moving on to Savannah Georgia's Grayson Stadium II.