The baseball world lost an incredible man today.
Frank Robinson passed away at age 83. The first ballot hall of fame was baseball’s first African – American manager. The 14 time all star was the first player to win the MVP in both leagues. Robinson retired in 1976 with 586 homeruns, fourth most at the time.
“Frank Robinson’s résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
He was the Rookie of the Year in 1956 when he hit a rookie-record 38 homers for the Cincinnati Reds, and won the Triple Crown in 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles. He also led his teams to two World Series titles, winning with the Orioles in 1966, when he also was voted the World Series MVP, and 1970.
He spent the last 12 years working for the Commissioner’s office mostly as a vice president, and later as a senior advisor to Commissioner Rob Manfred.