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Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies At 83

Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies At 83

Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. He also became manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, becoming the first black manager in Major League Baseball history.

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. We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done. He was also baseball's first black manager.

Robinson compiled a 1065-1176 (.475) record over parts of 16 seasons, winning the 1989 AL Manager of the Year award with the Orioles.

Pappas went 30-29 over two-plus seasons with the Reds, Baldschun won one game in 51 appearances over two years with Cincinnati and Simpson hit five home runs as a part-time outfielder for the Reds during two mediocre seasons.

Robinson died in his home in Los Angeles. In 1966, he won the Triple Crown, leading the AL with a.316 average, 49 homers, 122 RBIs and 122 runs.

Robinson was named the player-manager of the Indians for the 1975 season, the first black manager in the game.

Though paid only an additional $20,000 to handle both jobs, Robinson took the position knowing his place in history. They said he "lived an extraordinary life". "Open the door and to let more African-Americans to have the opportunity to come through it".

"With that 1966 season, Robinson became the first - and remains the only - player to win the MVP in both leagues. I'd have voted for him for the Hall of Fame right there". Robinson not only racked up 586 career home runs - still tenth-most in history - but struck out only 789 times while drawing 698 walks.

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson

He ended his managerial career with the Washington Nationals in 2006.

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

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. Though the two men were unrelated, they were often mentioned together.

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". "But how long the door would stay open depended on basically the way I conducted myself and the success that I would have".

There are statues of Robinson at the ballparks in Baltimore and Cincinnati. He eventually settled in the Ashburton neighborhood in a house on Cedardale Road.

Robinson won the 1966 and 1970 World Series with the Orioles, and was named World Series MVP in 1966.

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

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