The Cincinnati Reds featured two of the great ball players to come out of the East Bay, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson. Both attended athletic powerhouse McClymonds High School. Both were perennial MVP candidates on the senior circuit. But only one placed his hard earned baseball salary in the Alameda First National Bank. That would be the speedy Pinson!
During the 1960’s Vada was always among the National League leaders in all categories. The lefty’s best season may have been 1961 when he was third in MVP voting behind Robinson and the Baby Bull, Orlando Cepeda. (See Pinson’s career stats)
The above photo first appeared in the Alameda Times Star on February 24, 1965. I wonder if Vada got a free AFNB calendar from Mrs. McVey? Pinson remained an East Bay resident after his playing days were over. Sadly, he passed away prematurely from a stroke in 1995.