Frank Robinson dies at 83

Frank Robinson

He died of bone cancer Thursday.

Legendary baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson - the first African-American to manage a professional team - has died aged 83, baseball officials say. His MLB-best marks of 49 home runs, 122 RBIs, .316 batting average and 122 runs scored helped carry the Orioles to their first World Series title. He went on to make 14 All-Star game appearances, and now ranks 10th on the all-time home run list with 586.

Robinson batted.294 with 586 home runs in 21 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians.

Robinson won his first league MVP with the Reds in 1961, when he led the National League with a.611 slugging percentage, blasting 37 home runs and driving in 124 runs as Cincinnati won the National League pennant.

"Frank Robinson's résumé in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Robinson's No. 20 is retired by the Reds, Orioles and Giants.

"Guys wanted to sign with Baltimore and go play with him", Horton said.

In the six years Robinson spent as an Oriole, the team went to the World Series four times, winning twice in 1966 and 1970.

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

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"Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down", Robinson said. Robinson became manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1981, becoming the National League's first African-American skipper.

In terms of modern day players who Horton thought would end up like Robinson, he says another former Tiger had that same look in his eyes. Robinson was sacked 37 games into the 1991 season.

Robinson crafted a Hall of Fame career from deft skill with the bat and a fiery personality.

"The kid actually said, 'Holy cow, I knew he was famous, but I didn't know how", Showalter said.

Robinson is considered a trailblazer in the game of baseball. Across parts of 16 seasons as a manager, Robinson's teams compiled a 1,065-1,176 record. An Orioles Legend and a Baseball Hall of Famer, Frank brought us so many wonderful memories, including two championships, during his time in Baltimore.

Robinson also worked for Major League Baseball from 2006-15.

"Frank was a proponent of civil rights causes on and off the field, including policies that paved the way for minorities to have increased access to executive and management positions in baseball", the Orioles said in a statement.

Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, and two children, Frank Kevin and Nichelle.

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