Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Passes Away at 83

Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Passes Away at 83

Fearsome on and off the diamond, Frank Robinson was a pioneering member of Major League Baseball who became the first black manager in league history. He was a National Baseball Hall of Famer as well as earning spots in the Orioles, Reds, and Indians halls of fame. The Indians compiled a 186-189 record under Robinson, who finished with a.294 careers average including 586 home runs and 2,943 hits.

"The Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened by the passing of baseball legend Frank Robinson". He was named a senior adviser to the commissioner in February 2015 and an honorary president of the American League. "We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done". Later, Robinson spent several years working as an executive for Major League Baseball. It was the only home run anyone ever hit out of long-gone Memorial Stadium. The mark has been bested only three times since Robinson set it. Aaron Judge of the Yankees (52) and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (39) both surpassed it in 2017. That began a 21-year career in which he played for five teams and became the first to win the most valuable player award in both leagues. More than half the major league teams have had black managers since Robinson's 1975 debut in the Cleveland dugout.

There is a statue of Robinson in Heritage Park beyond the center-field stands at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

"Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down", Robinson said. "Open the door and to let more African-Americans to have the opportunity to come through it". His leadership in the front office and as manager of the Orioles was highlighted by being named the American League Manager of the Year in 1989.

Robinson was known for his sheer power at the plate.

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One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson's bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore's greatest legends was born. 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.

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

But basketball wasn't for Robinson, who went on to sign with the Reds out of high school for $3,000.

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.

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.

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