Jacob Robinson dominated the statistics as a baseball player at Dyersburg State so it was no surprise Lipscomb baseball Coach Ken Dugan sought him out. Robinson played two years for the Bisons, starting in left field. He was the Most Valuable Player his junior year and was part of the team that was runner-up in the NAIA World Series that same year. While working on his Master's degree at Tennessee State he wrote his thesis on "The History of Baseball at David Lipscomb College". He was in Nashville last week for a golf tournament benefiting the Lipscomb baseball team. He spent some time with Lipscombsports.com.
What years did you play baseball at Lipscomb? Who were your coaches?
"I played in 1972 and '73 after graduating from Dyersburg State Junior College. I am from a small town, South Fulton, Tennessee. I graduated from high school in Union City.
"I played left field. Ted Jamison played center my junior year.
"I was the MVP my junior year. I led in every category except stolen bases. Ted led in that.
"Ken Dugan was the head coach. Coach Gary Davis and Coach Roy Pardue were the assistant coaches.
"Coach Davis was very structured and very organized. Coach Pardue was the pitching coach. We learned a lot from him."
Why did you choose to play for Lipscomb?
"At the time, I was very highly recruited. Coach Dugan called me. I had played in the Nashville area in the summers. A real good friend of mine, Bobby Jones, was a coach and he referred me to Coach Dugan.
"I led in every category at Dyersburg State. I batted over .400 both my freshman and sophomore years.
"I came down and visited Lipscomb. I was very impressed with the school. It was strong in its Christian atmosphere as well as in academics and in the baseball program. It was a two-fold attraction for me. I needed to be in an atmosphere where my talents were utilized as well as an atmosphere that was lot more structured."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"When we participated in the NAIA World Series in 1972 out in Phoenix, Arizona. We were one game away from winning it. We played Lavergne. I tripled in the last inning. We got beat 2-1 and finished as the NAIA runner-up.
"I was on the same team with Butch Stinson, Bo McLaughlin, Mike Santi, Buddy Harston, Ted Jamison, Jamie Pride, Ernie Smith and Steve Burton.
"They were a good bunch of guys to play with. I never had one problem as far as interaction. We got after each other. We wanted to be competitive."
"I had the opportunity to play and be in contact with good people. Ted and I talk a lot. Bruce Bowers (basketball) and I talk a lot. I felt like it gave me the added incentive for the discipline part in playing baseball and getting my degree."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"It would have to be Coach Davis. He was the outfield coach.
"He was very instrumental in me doing the right things on and off the field. Very few NAIA schools had as many coaches as we did. We had really good one-on-one instruction."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"Academically, I had some really good instructors. My degree was in Health and P.E. and Administration.
"Dr. Duane Slaughter and "Fessor" Eugene Boyce both were outstanding guys. They really stayed on top of you. They were really positive all of the time.
"They never gave you the idea that you couldn't do something. They were very instrumental in my success."
"What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I am still a Christian. I am very involved in the church. That is probably the most influential thing in my life. That allows me an opportunity to keep a good, positive frame of mind.
"Lipscomb showed me what are the most important things in your life - having a good, Christian atmosphere and surrounding yourself with good people while still staying connected.
"One person who was very influential with me was Mr. Lee Marsh. He actually sold me my first car. When I graduated from Lipscomb I had a 1957 four-door Chevrolet. He told me to go out and see him when I graduated.
"I didn't have a nickel. We talked and he told me to pick out a car and let him know what I could afford. I picked out a brand new burgundy and white 1974 Mercury Cougar. He wouldn't take my trade-in. I still have that Chevrolet.
"There was another man, Dr. Ralph Nance. After I graduated he used to take me to a lot of the games that were out of town. I respect both of them very highly."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Rodney Cloud. He taught me Bible. He was a great guy. He had a great sense of humor. He had a personality that was unbelievable."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I worked for the City of Marshall in parks and recreation. I was the assistant director. I worked there for 20 years. I retired when I was 50.
"I own about 25 rental houses. I work with them and play a lot of golf. It has been a good life.
"When I left Lipscomb I went to Tennessee State and was the head baseball coach for three years. We played Lipscomb twice during that time. I beat them once and they beat me once.
"I got my Master's degree from Tennessee State in administration and I have 20 hours above the Master's in administration.
"After I left Tennessee State I went to Kentucky State where I coached for three years. I left there to go to Marshall, Texas to coach at Wiley College.
"In four years I had seven kids get drafted. During that time Coach Dugan and I talked quite a bit."
Tell us about your family.
"My daughter's name is Cinaki Sade Robinson. My wife's name is Kassandra London Robinson."
My email address is Jacobrobinson57@sbcglobal.net.