Frank Robinson Passes Away

Frank Robinson Passes Away

Frank Robinson Passes Away

As the news of his death spread Thursday, friends, former teammates, Major League Baseball executives and media members shared memories of Robinson on social media. He continued to stay involved as a manager long after retirement, spending time with the San Francisco Giants as the National League's first African-American manager, and later with the Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals. In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run.

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in 1982, Robinson sports an Orioles cap on his plaque.

Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson has passed away at the age of 83.

"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Robinson's family 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.

Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, and was a basketball teammate of future NBA great Bill Russell.

Originally, Robinson did not have himself in the lineup that afternoon at Municipal Stadium, but his boss, Tribe general manager Phil Seghi, talked him into it by saying "Frank, this is your day".

Starting out in an era when Mays, Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were the big hitters, Robinson more than held his own over 21 seasons.

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I've had the privilege of traveling the world for more than two decades.

"I always tried to do the best", he said. "Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done. I wouldn't let that pitcher get me out".

Following the end of his managerial career, Robinson moved to the Major League Baseball offices and served in several different roles from 2007-2015, ending as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. In 1966, he won the Triple Crown, leading the AL with a.316 average, 49 homers, 122 RBIs and 122 runs.

Six months later, after Robinson won the Triple Crown and led the Orioles to the pennant, the mayor of Baltimore held a ceremony to rename the street "Robinson Road" for the duration of the World Series. He later became baseball's first African-American manager.

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

He made the All-Star team 12 times won and is the only player to win the MVP award in each league.

Some players, though, initially weren't sure how to treat the teen. "He was running his Kangaroo Court and calling a vote among the players, whether to fine somebody or not". "After that, I was treated just like everybody else".

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

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