A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues.
Robinson's career started with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956 as he won the Rookie of the Year Award in the National League that year. When he signed with the Nationals in February 2006, it was Robinson who bluntly told him "You won't play much".
Frank Robinson, a former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 83. Yet, here he is, dissecting a day nearly 13 years ago, an afternoon contest with the Astros at RFK Stadium that was one of the most memorable managerial moments of Frank Robinson's career. As a member of the Reds, he was the 1961 National League MVP.
"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
Known for his elite talent and intense demeanor, Robinson became a central figure in advancing Major League Baseball's integration of black players after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. He won the American League's Triple Crown in 1966 when he hit.316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI.
An outfielder and first baseman, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 in his first year of eligibility.
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In his first game in 1975 managing the Cleveland Indians, Robinson batted himself second as the designated hitter and belted a home run in the first inning.
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). He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Orioles, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career". They would try to mimic his batting stance in their Little League games; they would go to his games as a group; they would watch the Cincinnati Reds on television just for a glimpse of his face.
We invite you to share condolences for Frank Robinson in our Guest Book. In 2005, Frank was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, for 'setting a lasting example of character in athletics'. The Reds, Orioles and Indians each have retired Robinson's No. 20 and saluted him with statues at their ballparks.
When he arrived in Baltimore, Robinson and his family struggled to find housing in the city, with many landlords refusing black tenants.
The Orioles confirmed Robinson's passing Thursday afternoon.
"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968. I'd have voted for him for the Hall of Fame right there".