Frank Robinson, baseball legend and Hall-of-Famer, died on Feb. 7th in his home near Los Angeles at the age of 83.
The legendary outfielder broke records and changed history for Major League Baseball. He is the first and only player, to this day, to win MVP in both National and American Leagues.
Frank Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas and the youngest of 10 siblings. At age four, his mother moved the family to Northern California. Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, where he was a basketball teammate of NBA legend Bill Russell. In 1953, Robinson signed with the Cincinnati Reds and made his Major League debut three years later. Frank Robinson won Rookie of the Year and made his first all-star debut that season.
In 1961, the fierce player helped lead the Cincinnati Reds to win the pennant. The Reds lost the 1961 World Series against the New York Yankees. Robinson won his first MVP with the Cincinnati Reds and compiled a .323 batting average.
During his first year with the Baltimore Orioles, he won the Tripple Crown. The Baltimore Orioles won the 1966 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Frank Robinson was named MVP.
Just like Jackie Robinson in 1947, Frank Robinson broke color barriers for African-Americans after becoming the first black manager in MLB history. Robinson was a manager for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, and the Washington Nationals.
Frank Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. The Hall-of-Famer’s number 20 was retired from the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians.
The baseball pioneer will be forever remembered for his accolades, merits, and legacy in Major League Baseball history. Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Nichelle.