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

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

Robinson, who hit two home runs in the Series, was named the Most Valuable Player.

On the field, Robinson was one of the game's most-feared sluggers for a almost unfathomable stretch, with his first All-Star nod coming in his Rookie of the Year season of 1956 and his final one occurring in 1974, his final full campaign.

Robinson became a player-manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, hitting a home run on Opening Day that year at the age of 39.

Frank Robinson, who slid hard on the asphalt streets of Oakland, Calif.as a youngster and harder still in every game he played during a major league career that saw him become one of the game's most feared sluggers and fiercest competitors, died in hospice care Thursday at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. As manager of the Orioles in 1989, Robinson won AL Manager of the Year honors.

He made the All-Star team 12 times won and is the only player to win the MVP award in each league.

Following the end of his managerial career, Robinson moved to the Major League Baseball offices and served in several different roles from 2007-2015, ending as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Development.


Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Robinson, the first African-American manager in MLB history and the only player to win MVP awards in both the American and National leagues, was 83 and had suffered from bone cancer. Robinson not only racked up 586 career home runs - still tenth-most in history - but struck out only 789 times while drawing 698 walks.

Robinson later managed San Francisco, Baltimore and Montreal. His 1961 Reds team lost the Series to the Yankees in five games while his 1969 Orioles lost that World Series to the Miracle Mets.

For all he did on and off the field, Robinson was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.

Robinson's number 20 from his playing days has been retired by the Orioles, Reds and Indians and all three franchises have dedicated bronze statues to the trailblazer outside of their respective stadiums. It's a road Robinson not only overcame, but conquered en route to producing one of the greatest careers in Major League Baseball history.

When he arrived in Baltimore, Robinson and his family struggled to find housing in the city, with many landlords refusing black tenants.


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

Former Nationals catcher Brian Schneider, who played for Robinson in D.C. and Montreal, expressed a similar sentiment.

The Orioles confirmed Robinson's passing Thursday afternoon.

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

"Frank took us from being a good team in 1965 to being a great team in 1966", Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer told the Baltimore Sun.


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