Frank Robinson, MLB's first black manager, dies at 83

Frank Robinson, MLB's first black manager, dies at 83

Frank Robinson, MLB's first black manager, dies at 83

He was a 14-time All Star, two-time World Series champion and the only player in history to win the Most Valuable Player award in the American League and the National League.

Robinson had coached for the Orioles and worked in their front office when he became their manager in 1988 after the team opened at 0-6.

The final chapter in the illustrious life of Frank Robinson has been written, as the Hall of Fame baseball outfielder and pioneering manager died Thursday at 83.

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.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement in the wake of Robinson's passing.

One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson's bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore's greatest legends was born.

Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility, with 89.2 percent of the vote.

Robinson became an instant hit with the Orioles in 1966 as the unanimous AL MVP. In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run. Robinson responded to that judgment with a vengeance. "I'm glad Cincinnati thought he was "an old 30" when they traded him". He would win two World Series titles in his six years with the Orioles.

Baseball players will now head to the "injured list", a name MLB felt was more appropriate considering that disabilities and injuries are not exactly the same.

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. He crowded the plate, yielding to no pitcher, and didn't seem to care about being brushed back or getting hit by a pitch 198 times.

Robinson is now 10th on the all-time home run list with 586.

Though paid only an additional $20,000 to handle both jobs, Robinson took the position knowing his place in history.

His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout with the Cleveland Indians - the first black manager in Major League Baseball. In all, Robinson managed parts of 16 seasons for the Indians, Giants, Orioles, and Expos/Nationals.

After the last of his managing jobs in 2006, Robinson went on to work for MLB in a variety of roles, among them the vice president of on-field operations, senior vice president for Major League operations and honorary American League president.

The MLB Players Alumni Association tweeted Robinson was "a remarkable human being" and noted he had received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civil honor, by former President George W. Bush in 2005.

"Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs".

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