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Frank Robinson, Former San Francisco Giants Manager, Dies At 83

Frank Robinson, Former San Francisco Giants Manager, Dies At 83”

In 1966, the year after he was traded to the American League's Baltimore Orioles, a team he led to a World Series victory while winning the Triple Crown and the Most Valuable Player awards.

Robinson's place in the game's history extended far beyond his abundant playing skills.

"With the Cleveland Indians in 1975, Frank turned Jackie Robinson's hopes into a reality when he became the first African-American manager in baseball history".

Fearsome and fearless in the batter's box, Robinson hit 586 home runs.

In his first game in 1975 managing the Cleveland Indians, Robinson batted himself second as the designated hitter and belted a home run in the first inning.

However, Robinson was also aware of the challenges he would face as the league's first African-American manager.

Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues.

"So honored to not just have known you Frank as a great man, manager, person, and human being, but who I truly called a good friend and someone who I honestly played as hard as I could for, hoping you would respect me back", Schneider wrote on Instagram.

Six months later, after Robinson won the Triple Crown and led the Orioles to the pennant, the mayor of Baltimore held a ceremony to rename the street "Robinson Road" for the duration of the World Series.

As a manager, he compiled 1,065 wins with four organizations: Cleveland, Baltimore, San Francisco and Montreal/Washington.

What people said about him: "Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies". His No. 20 was also retired by the Reds, Orioles and Indians. He oversaw the team's transition to Washington where they became the Nationals before ending his managerial career in 2006 at the age of 70.

Robinson later spent several years working as an executive for Major League Baseball and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game.

In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson was raised in west Oakland where he attended McClymonds High School along with future NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell.

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

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

Robinson, who also reached the 1961 World Series with the Reds, was traded by the Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 1971.

But it was as a slugger that Robinson may be best remembered.

Robinson then hit the next pitch into the left-center field seats for a home run.

"The baselines belong to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard", Robinson declared.

After his dismissal from Cleveland, Robinson returned to the Orioles as a coach from 1978-80 and 1985-87.

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



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