Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies at 83

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83

He finished out his time on the field as a player-manager of the Indians, making him the first African American manager in the history of baseball.

Robinson exploded on the scene in 1956 and for the next six decades established a legacy that's second to none. In 1975, Robinson became manager of the Cleveland Indians, breaking the color barrier. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953, he faced a tough road filled with racist taunts and death threats.

Robinson crafted a Hall of Fame career from deft skill with the bat and a fiery personality.

Frank Robinson, a baseball Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest Orioles of all-time died today at age 83. Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles' teams.

Pence, 35, is a lifetime.280 hitter over 12 seasons with 224 home runs and 877 RBIs, but he batted just.226 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 97 games with the Giants last season.

He won the Triple Crown with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 and became the first black manager in Major League Baseball history in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians.

Over his career, he coached the Baltimore Orioles, the San Francisco Giants and Montreal. He has had his number 20 retired by the Reds, Orioles, and Indians.

Robinson became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the team relocated from Montreal for the 2005 season. He was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1961, the same year the Reds won the league pennant. MLBTR extends its condolences to the Hall of Famer's family, friends, and many acquaintances around the game.

In his first season in Baltimore, Robinson showed he still had plenty left in his 30-year-old body as he was named the AL MVP following a 1966 campaign in which he won baseball's Triple Crown. If it's any kind of baseball laurel, Frank Robinson probably won it.

"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. To help honor Robinson and what he meant to the city, the Ravens lit up M&T Bank Stadium orange that evening. "Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done".

Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, and was a basketball teammate of future NBA great Bill Russell.

Robinson told Horton he "knew in his heart and soul" there would be more black managers to come after him - and there have been.

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