Frank Robinson and the legend of the Orioles 'HERE' flag

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

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

Robinson was the 1961 NL MVP after batting.323 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs for the pennant-winning Reds, and reached career highs in runs (134) and RBIs (136) in 1962.

Robinson was rookie of the year for the Cincinnati Reds as a 20-year-old in 1956.

Because he helped pave the way for future generations of black players and managers, Robinson will always be among the most important figures in MLB's history. He later became MLB's first black manager with the Indians and eventually guided four franchises in four different decades.

Frank Robinson, major-league baseball's first African-American manager, has passed away, the Cleveland Indians confirmed to FOX 8 News on Thursday.

Honored as a trailblazer: Robinson was widely honored, from the earliest days of his playing career through recent years. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday in a statement. He won the American League's Triple Crown in 1966 when he hit.316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI.

"With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson's hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history". In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run.

"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". And while he never led his league in a Triple Crown category other than in 1966 when he managed it in all three, he led his league in slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+ four times, including three years in a row (1960-62).




Robinson was baseball royalty, a Hall of Famer with talent (586 career home runs, 1,812 RBI, 2,943 hits, 1,829 runs scored), personality and character who had an impact wherever he went.

Robinson is also a member of the Reds, Orioles, Indians and Nationals' team halls of fame.

Robinson later spent several years working as an executive for Major League Baseball and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game.

After 10 seasons in Cincinnati, he joined the Baltimore Orioles, and won a World Series in his first season in Baltimore.

On the field, Robinson was a history maker as well.

Robinson had coached for the Orioles and worked in their front office when he became their manager in 1988 after the team opened at 0-6. Robinson's name is in the team's Ring of Honor displayed at Nationals Park.

"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968". He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Baltimore Oriole in 1982.

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