Remembering MLB legend Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson was a revered slugger in the MLB who played for Cincinnati Redlegs / Reds (19561965), Baltimore Orioles (19661971) ,Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (19731974),Cleveland Indians (19741976).

He became the only player to be named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of both the National League and the American League.

Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas, on Aug. 31, 1935. He was the youngest of 10 children. In high school he played multiple sports including baseball. He also made, the all-city baseball team. After graduating high school in 1953, he signed with Cincinnati for $3,500. Three years later he would hit 38 homers and was named National League Rookie of the Year. In 1961, he was the league’s MVP, and after the season, he married Barbara Ann Cole. The couple would later have two children.

Robinson added to his career accomplishments in 1975 when he became the first African American Manager in Majors League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians. He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.

Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Robinson will later work in various executive positions for Major League Baseball, and ending his career as honorary President of the American League.

Hank Aaron tweeted, “Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies. We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done. I’m so glad I had the chance to know him all of those years. Baseball will miss a tremendous human being.”

On Thursday February 7, 2019, Mr. Robinson 83, died of bone cancer at home in Los Angeles with his family by his side, according to Major League Baseball.


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