Major League Baseball great Frank Robinson dead at age 83

Frank Robinson

Hall of Famer Pioneering Manager Frank Robinson dies at 83 The Associated Press7 Feb 2019

Robinson was the first player to win an MVP Award in both the National and American Leagues.

On the field, Robinson was one of the game's most-feared sluggers for a almost unfathomable stretch, with his first All-Star nod coming in his Rookie of the Year season of 1956 and his final one occurring in 1974, his final full campaign.

A paragon of consistency, Robinson's worst seasons were the stuff of dreams for most Major League Baseball players.

In 1975, he became player-manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Frank Robinson, a legendary outfielder and Major League Baseball's first black manager, has died at the age of 83, the league confirms.

Robinson's 21-year playing career began with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1956 at the age of 20.

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

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 came to Baltimore in 1966 in one of the biggest trades in baseball history and went on that year to win the Triple Crown and American League MVP, leading the AL in home runs (49), RBI (122) and batting average (.316) and pacing the Orioles to a four-game sweep of Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982. It was the only home run anyone ever hit out of long-gone Memorial Stadium. 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. Over that span, he hit 586 home runs (in 33 different ballparks); tallied nearly 3,000 hits; and drove in more 1,800 runs. He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos.

In the six years Robinson spent as an Oriole, the team went to the World Series four times, winning twice in 1966 and 1970.

For all he did on and off the field, Robinson was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.

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.

The Orioles confirmed Robinson's passing Thursday afternoon.

A no-nonsense guy, Robinson also had a sharp wit.

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. That's my responsibility. I put him in there ...

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