Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Frank Robinson, who played for five teams from 1956 to 1976 (including the L.A. Dodgers), became the first black manager in MLB history and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, died in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 7. He was 83 and had bone cancer.
About Frank Robinson:
- Only player to win an MVP award in each league (Cincinnati in 1961, Baltimore in 1966).
- Won Triple Crown in 1966 with Baltimore when he led AL with a .316 average, 49 homers and 122 RBIs
- Won Rookie of the Year award with Cincinnati in 1956.
- Hit 30-or-more homers in a season 11 times.
- 14-time All-Star
- Member of two World Series champion teams (Baltimore in 1966 and 1970).
- Was named the 1966 World Series MVP.
- Retired after the 1976 season with 586 homers, fourth-highest at the time (still 10th-highest).
- Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982 after being named on 89.2 percent of ballots.
- First African American manager in the majors (Cleveland in 1975).
- Won 1989 AL manager of the year award with Baltimore.
- Played on the McClymonds High (in Oakland) basketball team as future Celtics great Bill Russell.