Frank Robinson — a Baltimore Orioles superstar and MLB’s first-ever black manager — died at 83 on Wednesday … Major League Baseball confirmed.
Robinson was one of the greatest hitters in the game’s history … playing 21 seasons and batting .294 with 2,943 hits and 586 home runs.
The Hall of Famer’s resume is legendary — he was a 2-time MVP, a 2-time World Series winner, the MLB’s Rookie of the Year in 1956 … AND a triple-crown winner in 1966.
Before his playing days ended … he was named player-manager of the Indians in 1975 — making him the MLB’s first-ever black manager.
He went on to manage the Giants, Orioles, Expos and Nationals — piling up over 1,000 career wins.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years,” MLB commish Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank’s wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime.”
Frank Robinson was royalty, a legend in the world of baseball. Despite his tremendous accomplishments on and off the field, it was as if his monumental role in baseball history had been forgotten.
Maybe now, people will pay attention and realize that Frank Robinson was one of the most impactful figures in baseball history.
Robinson, a first-ballot Hall of Fame player who became the first African-American manager in baseball, died Thursday at the age of 83, according to Major League Baseball.
Robinson, who had been in hospice in Southern California for several months, was able to say farewell to many of his friends and family before his death.
Now, perhaps the public can pay proper respect to a man who had a dramatic influence on the game.