Baseball legend and trailblazer Frank Robinson dead at 83

Baseball legend and trailblazer Frank Robinson dead at 83

Baseball legend and trailblazer Frank Robinson dead at 83

During the course of his legendary career, Robinson was selected for 14 All-Star games, won two regular season MVP awards and was named the MVP of the 1966 World Series for the Baltimore Orioles.

The 12-time All-Star played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, and Cleveland Indians throughout his 21-year career. When he signed with the Nationals in February 2006, it was Robinson who bluntly told him "You won't play much".

Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win MVP in both leagues, has died at age 83, MLB said Thursday. He was 83 years old.

Robinson became an instant hit with the Orioles in 1966 as the unanimous AL MVP.

The statement didn't say how Robinson passed away.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. In 1966, the year after he was traded to the American League's Baltimore Orioles, a team he led to a World Series victory while winning the Triple Crown and the Most Valuable Player awards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982 with just short of 90% of the vote from the Baseball Writer's Association of America.

Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975. He hit.323 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs and led the majors in slugging (.611), OPS (1.015) and intentional walks (23) for a 93-61 Reds club that lost in the World Series to the New York Yankees. Robinson hit a home run that cleared the left-field bleachers, the ball flying high over spectators, and landing in the parking lot beyond.

Robinson also managed the Giants, Orioles and Expos and became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

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Despite coming off a 33-homer, 113-RBI season in 1965, Robinson was called an "old 30" by Reds owner Bill DeWitt and shipped to Baltimore.

"Frank Robinson's wife, Barbara Ann Cole, once said, "He believes in rules and he respects the game".

It was a proclamation from baseball royalty, words backed up by deeds that built statues and brought honors to one of the greatest players the game of baseball has ever seen.

After his dismissal from Cleveland, Robinson returned to the Orioles as a coach from 1978-80 and 1985-87.

In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968".

However, Robinson was also aware of the challenges he would face as the league's first African-American manager. That's my responsibility. I put him in there ...

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