Frank Robinson, MLB Hall of Famer and Pioneering Manager, Dead at 83

Frank Robinson, MLB Hall of Famer and Pioneering Manager, Dead at 83

During his 21-seasons in the MLB, the legendary baseball star made major league baseball history as the first African-American manager when he managed the Cleveland Indians during the last two years of his playing career. He was the Rookie of the Year in 1956 when he hit a rookie-record 38 homers for the Reds, and won the Triple Crown in 1966 during his first season with the Orioles.

"The Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened by the passing of baseball legend Frank Robinson". A Triple Crown victor, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He would again win a World Series title in 1970. He also finished third in the MVP voting twice, fourth twice and in the top 10 a total of 10 times. He is now 10th.

A fearsome hitter, Robinson ranks 10th on the career home run list with 586. "Nobody had more guts at the plate than Frank", Earl Weaver once said.

Robinson became a player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, hitting a home run on Opening Day that year at the age of 39. In 1989 he was voted AL Manager of the Year.

"Then [Medich] throws me this bastard slider just off the outside part of the plate", Robinson once said.

I've had the privilege of traveling the world for more than two decades. Yes, and I've been hard on them for a reason, and that was to try to get them to be the best they could possibly be.

Robinson then hit the next pitch into the left-center field seats for a home run. During his career he was hit 198 times. They said he "lived an extraordinary life". "It made me more determined".

"Heartbreaking news in the passing of my Dear Friend & @McClymondsHS classmate Frank Robinson", Russell, who became the first black head coach in the National Basketball Association, tweeted.

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. After his parents split up, his mother moved with her children to California's Bay Area. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Baltimore Oriole in 1982.

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

"So honored to not just have known you Frank as a great man, manager, person, and human being, but who I truly called a good friend and someone who I honestly played as hard as I could for, hoping you would respect me back", Schneider wrote on Instagram.

His career didn't end there, as he would go on to become the first black manager in the National League with the Giants (1981-84).

Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson has passed away at the age of 83. Statues of Robinson stand outside the Reds' Great American Ball Park, the Orioles' Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Indians' Progressive Field.

Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, and two children, Frank Kevin and Nichelle.

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