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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Baseball legend Frank Robinson dead at 83

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson, a trailblazing baseball legend who is the only player ever to be named MVP in both the National and American League, has passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with bone cancer.

In addition to his successful playing career, which featured 586 home runs, a triple crown, and two World Series wins, Robinson also became the first ever black manager in Major League Baseball history when he took over as player-manager for the Cleveland Indians in 1975.

During his career, Robinson spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and aforementioned Indians. He also served as manager of the San Francisco Giants, Orioles and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals after his time in Cleveland.

A 14-time All-Star, 1956 NL Rookie of the Year, 1966 World Series MVP, and 1989 Manager of the Year, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 alongside Hank Aaron. He has also been inducted into the Reds, Orioles and Indians Hall of Fame and had his No. 20 retired by all three clubs.

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

Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara, a son and a daughter.

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