Word emerged today that legendary former ballplayer and manager Frank Robinson has passed away at 83 years of age.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both major leagues.
Robinson - who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year on the ballot - played 21 seasons in the major leagues with five different teams before retiring as a player in 1976 with 586 home runs. His MLB-best marks of 49 home runs, 122 RBIs, .316 batting average and 122 runs scored helped carry the Orioles to their first World Series title.
Six months later, after Robinson won the Triple Crown and led the Orioles to the pennant, the mayor of Baltimore held a ceremony to rename the street "Robinson Road" for the duration of the World Series. He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Montreal Expos. He represented four franchises as a manager, most recently when Baseball returned to Washington, DC with the Nationals in 2005. His No. 20 was also retired by the Reds, Orioles and Indians.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career".
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.
Robinson hit two home runs against the Reds - of all clubs - in teaming with future Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to win another crown for the Orioles in 1970.
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian writes that "Robinson is one of the most underrated superstar players ever to play the game". We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done.
"The Cleveland Indians organization is deeply saddened by the passing of baseball legend Frank Robinson".
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 had long career in Major League Baseball, playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and the Cleveland Indians.
Robinson was the NL MVP with Cincinnati in 1961 and Baltimore in 1966.
Robinson's career spanned two decades, earning him a Rookie of the Year award for his 1956 season with the Cincinnati Reds and 14 All-Star Game nominations. In 1975, Robinson became manager of the Cleveland Indians, breaking the color barrier.