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"As the first African-American manager in Major League history, Frank was a proponent of civil rights causes on and off the field, including policies that paved the way for minorities to have increased access to executive and management positions in baseball". He earned the National League's Rookie of the Year honors in following that season, hitting.290 with 38 homers and 83 RBI in his debut season.

Frank Robinson, a former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 83. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1966, the year after he was traded to the American League's Baltimore Orioles, a team he led to a World Series victory while winning the Triple Crown and the Most Valuable Player awards. Robinson won his MVP awards with the Reds in 1961 and the Orioles in 1966.

In the six years Robinson spent as an Oriole, the team went to the World Series four times, winning twice in 1966 and 1970.

Robinson was named baseball's first black manager in October 1974, and managed the Indians in 1975, 1976 and for part of the 1977 season.

Robinson later managed San Francisco, Baltimore and Montreal. The Reds, Orioles and Indians have retired Robinson's No. 20 and saluted him with statues at their ballparks.

Robinson finished his playing career among all-time leaders in multiple offensive categories including home runs (586), RBIs (1,812), runs scored (1,829) and walks (1,420). "The entire Indians organization extends its thoughts and prayers to the Robinson family".

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"I'll tell you what about that team", Robinson told Eisenberg.

His ability to exact revenge on pitchers who knocked him down became so well known that Phillies manager Gene Mauch was said to have fined any pitcher who dared dust off Robinson. The fact Frank hit a solo home run in his first at-bat that day as the Indians' player-manager symbolizes his greatness as a Hall of Fame ballplayer.

Honored as a trailblazer: Robinson was widely honored, from the earliest days of his playing career through recent years.

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. "Frank Robinson was not only one of the great players in an era where there were so many great players". We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done.

After his dismissal from Cleveland, Robinson returned to the Orioles as a coach from 1978-80 and 1985-87. In 1989 he was voted AL Manager of the Year.

"You think about great players, generational players- there weren't many better (than Robinson)".


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