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State Champion PCC Baseball Coach Ron Robinson Passes At 84

Ron Robinson, 84, who coached the last state champion baseball team at Pasadena City College in 1967, died Monday morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Robinson was the head baseball coach at PCC from 1961-1974.

Robinson coached future Major League Baseball 400 home run hitter Darrell Evans on the '67 Lancers. Robinson directed PCC to five Western State Conference titles in (1963, 1965-67, 1972). The '72 team was the last conference champion team in baseball at the college.

The '67 team went 22-13, capturing the Southern California regional title by defeating Citrus. The Lancers then faced Sacramento City College in a best-of-3-game series for the state championship. PCC would take it in three exciting games, winning the finale, 2-1, as reliever Jerry Ashcraft pitched a scoreless ninth to clinch the state title. Evans was the Lancers' team captain and third baseman, leading PCC with a .400-plus batting average.

An icon in PCC athletics, Robinson was a long-time assistant football coach serving under such head coaches at Don Hunt, Harvey Hyde, Myron Tarkanian, and Bill Sandstrom. Robinson helped coach the 1966 WSC champion and Junior Rose Bowl Lancers under Hunt. He was on the coaching staff of three JC Grid-Wire national title squads in the 1970s. 

Robinson retired from instruction at PCC in 1989. A resident of Altadena, Robinson is survived by his wife Donna, five daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. 

[Note--A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the Robinson family.]

Release Date: 10/24/11
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