Sunday, Charlotte baseball honors current assistant coach Bo Robinson by retiring his number-four jersey, the fifth retired jersey in program history. The 49ers will hold a pregame ceremony before Sunday’s 1 p.m. start with new Atlantic 10 Conference foe Butler.
Robinson was a First-Team selection from the American Baseball Coaches Association, and was named a Second-Team All-American by Sporting News and Collegiate Baseball News after setting school records with 32 doubles and 106 hits to help Charlotte to its first at-large berth to the NCAA tournament. To this day, he is still the only 49ers to collect 100 RBI in a single season. Upon completion of his career, he held the career records for hits, doubles and RBI. He was also selected to the All-South Region team.
He still holds Charlotte career records for doubles, RBI and total bases, while is second in hits, third in runs scored and tied for third in home runs, seventh in slugging percentage and batting average and fifth in games played for a career.
He is one of five players in team history to win a league batting title, hitting .424 for Charlotte in Conference USA in 1998, when he played in all 62 games for the 49ers in 1998.
Robinson was the Seattle Mariners Minor League Player of the Year in 1999 after winning the Midwest League batting title with a .329 average. He also scored 101 runs, posted 102 RBI with 108 walks that season. He followed that with 97 RBI and a .313 average with Lancaster to earn an All-Star nod in the California League. He also spent time in the Yankees and Cardinals organizations, playing as late as the 2005 season in the minor leagues. He advanced as far as triple-A with the Columbus Clippers with the Yankees organization.
Robinson is one of the most respected hitting instructors in the Charlotte region, holding the post of Director of Player Development with the On Deck Baseball Skill Development Academy. After his pro playing days were over, Robinson worked toward completion of his degree at Charlotte, which he did with a B.A. in History, awarded in May of 2010.
He joins former teammates Joey Anderson and Tim Collie, as well as Barry Shifflett and Adam Mills as the only Niners with their jersey retired for baseball.