Frank Robinson, Baseball Hall of Famer & First Black Manager of a Team, Dies at 83

Frank Robinson, a Hall of Fame outfielder who later became the first black manager in Major League Baseball, has died following a battle with bone cancer, MLB announced. He was 83.

Robinson played 21 MLB seasons, retiring in 1976 with 586 career home runs, then fourth all-time behind Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. He was the first player to win the MVP award in both leagues, doing so with Cincinnati in 1961 and with Baltimore in 1966.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, but raised in Oakland, Calif., Robinson broke in with Cincinnati at age 20 in 1956, hitting a rookie record 38 home runs. After 10 seasons with the Reds, was traded to Baltimore prior to the 1966 season (in justifying the trade of his star player, Reds executive Bill DeWitt infamously said Robinson was “not a young 30.”)

In his first year with Baltimore, Robinson proved DeWitt wrong and won the American League Triple Crown with a .316 batting average, 49 home runs and 122 RBIs as the Orioles won their first World Series championship. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1971 and to the California Angels in 1972 before joining the Cleveland Indians at the end of the 1974 season.

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