Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies At 83

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

Baseball world mourns the loss of Hall of Famer and ‘tremendous human being’ Frank Robinson

The outfielder was the only baseball player to be named Most Valuable Player in both the National League and American League.

Legendary former Major League Baseball player and manager Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83.

Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. He later served as a senior adviser to commissioner Rob Manfred. Robinson remained with the Indians until 1977, then managed the San Francisco Giants and Orioles.

Horton says Robinson's intensity on the field and charming personality and kindness off it "set the standard" for the next 12-15 years in Baltimore when he joined the Orioles in 1966.

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In his first at-bat for Cleveland he hit a home run.

Robinson broke into major leagues in 1956 as a hot hitter and graceful fielder with the National League's Cincinnati Reds.

Former Nationals catcher Brian Schneider, who played for Robinson in D.C. and Montreal, expressed a similar sentiment.

Robinson finished his playing career among all-time leaders in multiple offensive categories including home runs (586), RBIs (1,812), runs scored (1,829) and walks (1,420). The Baltimore Sun recently reported that Robinson was in the late stages of a long illness.

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Robinson died in California with family by his side, Major League Baseball said. "Open the door and to let more African-Americans to have the opportunity to come through it".

Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975. The award honors "individuals for an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". The only reason that I'm the first black manager is because I was born black. -Frank Robinson in October 2006, at the end his managerial tenure in Washington, his 51st season as a player, manager or club executive.

"Frank will be forever remembered for his enormous impact on our game as an extraordinary player, a gifted manager, and a deeply committed member of the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame". He later managed the Orioles as well as Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise. His leadership in the front office and as manager of the Orioles was highlighted by being named the American League Manager of the Year in 1989.

Who followed in his footsteps? .

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Robinson's career accomplishments are quite impressive. Though the two men were unrelated, they were often mentioned together. In 1975, Robinson became manager of the Cleveland Indians, breaking the color barrier.

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