Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both major leagues.
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83. Robinson won his MVP awards with the Reds in 1961 and the Orioles in 1966. He won the American League's Triple Crown in 1966 when he hit.316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI.
In his first game in 1975 managing the Cleveland Indians, Robinson batted himself second as the designated hitter and belted a home run in the first inning. Robinson remained with the Indians until 1977, then managed the San Francisco Giants and Orioles. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season - the Nationals put him in their Ring of Honor, too.
Fourth on the career home run list behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Willie Mays when he retired with 586 dingers, Robinson now ranks 10th on the list. 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.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball.
Frank Robinson was one of the greatest players and managers of all time.
Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas, but grew up in of Oakland, California, where in his high school he was captain of a state championship basketball team with Bill Russell - who would go on to be the first black manager in the NBA - as his teammate. But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable.
Because he helped pave the way for future generations of black players and managers, Robinson will always be among the most important figures in MLB's history. We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement in the wake of Robinson's passing.
Robinson's 21-year playing career began with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1956 at the age of 20.
During the course of his legendary career, Robinson was selected for 14 All-Star games, won two regular season MVP awards and was named the MVP of the 1966 World Series for the Baltimore Orioles.
Robinson played five more seasons in Baltimore and finished in the top three of MVP voting twice more before he split time from 1972 to 1974 with the Dodgers, Angels and Indians.
After his dismissal from Cleveland, Robinson returned to the Orioles as a coach from 1978-80 and 1985-87. The next season, the O's went 87-75 and Robinson was voted AL Manager of the Year.
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