Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Frank Robinson (1935-2019), trailblazing Major League Baseball manager and Hall of Fame player

Frank Robinson Hall of Famer Pioneering Manager Frank Robinson dies at 83 The Associated Press7 Feb 2019
Rita Gibson | 08 February, 2019, 10:54

Frank Robinson, a former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 83.

Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. In 1966 he won Major League Player of the Year, the American League Triple Crown and the AL Babe Ruth Award, as well as being named both the AL and World Series MVP. As a member of the Reds, he was the 1961 National League MVP.

Catcher Andy Etchebarren and first baseman Boog Powell were standing behind the batting cage at the Orioles' spring training facility in Miami in 1966, the year after they had won 94 games and finished third in the American League.

After managing the Cleveland Indians from 1975 to 1977, Robinson became the National League's first African-American manager in 1981 when he was hired by the San Francisco Giants. Robinson later led the Expos/Nationals franchise through its move from Montreal to Washington. The Reds, Orioles and Indians each have retired Robinson's No. 20 and saluted him with statues at their ballparks.

Frank Robinson, who slid hard on the asphalt streets of Oakland, Calif.as a youngster and harder still in every game he played during a major league career that saw him become one of the game's most feared sluggers and fiercest competitors, died in hospice care Thursday at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Robinson led the Orioles to their first championship that October.

"Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies".

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That December, Robinson was the centerpiece in what would ultimately be one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, going to Baltimore for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. The only reason that I'm the first black manager is because I was born black. But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Baltimore Oriole in 1982.

There is no doubt that Robinson is one of MLB's most important figures, and Mike Francesa paid his respects to the baseball legend during the open of Thursday's Mike's On.

Robinson is also in the Nationals' Ring of Honor.

The 14-time All-Star started his career with Cincinnati in 1956, taking home National League rookie of the year honors in his inaugural season when he hit a rookie-record 38 home runs for the Reds.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years".

Robinson was 1,065-1,176 over his 16 years as a manager, and though he never made the playoffs, he also mentored Dusty Baker and Joe Morgan, who would follow in his footsteps.

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