Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Frank Robinson dead: Baseball's first black manager in MLB dead at 83

Frank Robinson dead: Baseball's first black manager in MLB dead at 83

He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982.

Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975.

But, over six decades as a 14 time all-star, two-time league MVP, two-time World Series champion and baseball's last triple-crown victor, Robinson ascended as an integral figure in MLB's pantheon. He had been in failing health and in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLBTR extends its condolences to the Hall of Famer's family, friends, and many acquaintances around the game.

His 586 home runs rank 10th most all-time. With Baltimore in 1966, he won the Triple Crown - leading the American League with a.316 batting average, 49 home runs and 122 RBIs - en route to the AL MVP award.

Frank Robinson is a baseball legend. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career. Baseball will miss a tremendous human being". He was a 12-time All-Star, the National League Rookie of the Year in 1956 and the World Series MVP in 1966 while winning a pair of World Series titles in Baltimore.

But his place in the sport's history extended far beyond the batter's box and basepaths. After concluding the 1974 season as a member of the Indians, Robinson made history in 1975 as the first African-American to be named manager of a major league club, while he was still playing. His impact was immediate and memorable.

The 27-year-old Realmuto is under contract for $5.9 million in 2019 and has one year of arbitration eligibility still remaining. In the first inning, he homered off Doc Medich and the crowd went insane, cheering the whole April afternoon as Cleveland beat the Yankees. The Reds, Orioles, and Indians all retired his jersey number (No. 20).

He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants (1981-1984), and then returned to Baltimore as skipper (1988-1991) before ending his field career managing the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise between 2002-2006.

Robinson worked as an executive with Major League Baseball after he finished managing and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game.

After his career in the dugout, Robinson filled a variety of roles with the league and all the while tirelessly advocated for more opportunities for African-Americans in baseball.

Robinson was also a monumental figure in Baltimore history as an activist in the civil rights movement.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson was raised in west Oakland where he attended McClymonds High School along with future NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell.

Robinson, known also for his leadership and competitive fire during a Hall of Fame playing career that spanned 21 seasons, will be remembered as a pioneer by the baseball world after paving the way for every minority manager who has followed.

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