Frank Robinson, MVP, first black manager, dies at 83

Frank Robinson

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

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson died Thursday after battling a long illness at his home in California, Major League Baseball announced.

Robinson was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1956 after hitting 38 home runs and driving in 83 runs.

"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations".

What people said about him: "Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies". 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.

"Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies", Hank Aaron tweeted.

In April 1975, Robinson made history as a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African-American MLB manager.

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 National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals.

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Robinson hit two home runs against the Reds - of all clubs - in teaming with future Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to win another crown for the Orioles in 1970. 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. His No. 20 was also retired by the Reds, Orioles and Indians.

In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Robinson's name is in the team's Ring of Honor displayed at Nationals Park.

The Robinson family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.

The Orioles set a baseball record by losing their first 21 that season and ended up with a then-franchise worst 107 losses.

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

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

"I don't rank guys, but I'd put him right there with the best ever", Earl Weaver, the former Orioles manager who died in 2013, once said.

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