Indians: Frank Robinson, MLB’s first African-American manager, has passed away

Hall of Famer pioneering manager Frank Robinson dies at 83

Hall of Famer pioneering manager Frank Robinson dies at 83

"We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done".

Robinson passed away in his Los Angeles home surrounded by his wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle and other family members. He also managed for the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals. As manager of the Orioles in 1989, Robinson won AL Manager of the Year honors. Robinson hit a home run that cleared the left-field bleachers, the ball flying high over spectators, and landing in the parking lot beyond.

Robinson won his first league MVP with the Reds in 1961, when he led the National League with a.611 slugging percentage, blasting 37 home runs and driving in 124 runs as Cincinnati won the National League pennant.

He made the All-Star team 12 times won and is the only player to win the MVP award in each league.

Robinson, who led the AL with a.316 average, 47 home runs and 122 runs batted in, was the first Triple Crown victor since 1947.

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"With that 1966 season, Robinson became the first - and remains the only - player to win the MVP in both leagues".

Known for his elite talent and intense demeanor, Robinson became a central figure in advancing Major League Baseball's integration of black players after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.

Frank Robinson, right, with Pete Rose before a spring training game in 1966. 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.

Honored as a trailblazer: Robinson was widely honored, from the earliest days of his playing career through recent years. Robinson was awarded "for his extraordinary achievements as a baseball player and manager for setting a lasting example of character and athletics". He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season. He served two years as player-manager with the Indians (1975-76) and was exclusively manager in 1977.

A 14-time All-Star, Robinson's career ranks among the best in the game's history. Though the two men were unrelated, they were often mentioned together. That includes becoming MLB's first black manager in 1974. "But how long the door would stay open depended on basically the way I conducted myself and the success that I would have". He advocated for more minorities throughout baseball and worked with former Commissioner Bud Selig to develop the Selig Rule, directing teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a new manager. He eventually settled in the Ashburton neighborhood in a house on Cedardale Road.

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