Updated February 17, 9:49 AM CT
February 07, 2019
Baseball legend Frank Robinson dies at 83
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson died Thursday at the age of 83.
"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations. He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
Robinson is the only player to win MVP awards in both the National League and American League and became the first African-American manager in MLB history in 1974.
The 12-time All-Star won the Triple Crown in 1966 and entered Cooperstown in 1982 on the first ballot.
The Hall of Famer's MLB playing career spanned 21 years, including time with the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, and Cleveland Indians before retiring in 1976.
Robinson became a player-manager in his last two seasons with the Indians and ended up managing the team for three years. He would go on to manage the San Francisco Giants, Orioles, and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.
His No. 20 is retired by the Orioles, Reds, and Indians.
Robinson finished his playing career with 586 home runs - 10th all-time in MLB history - while also registering 1,812 RBIs and a .294/.389/.537 slash line in 2,808 games. He won 1,065 games as a manager.
He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-U.S. president George W. Bush in 2005 for his accomplishments on and off the field.
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