Frank Robinson, a Hall of Fame outfielder who was the first player to win an MVP award in both leagues and later became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball, has died at age 83, MLB said Thursday.
Robinson, who had been in hospice care, passed away at his home in Southern California, MLB said.
We are saddened by the loss of Frank Robinson, a Hall of Famer, 2-time MVP and MLB’s first African-American manager. He was 83. pic.twitter.com/tYDZGMWAfd
— MLB (@MLB) February 7, 2019
“Frank Robinson’s resume 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. “He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career.”
Robinson ranks 10th on the career home run list with 586 in 21 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians. His lifetime batting average was .294.
Robinson won his first league MVP with the Cincinnati Reds in 1961. He won the MVP and Triple Crown with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966.
Robinson became the first black manager in MLB history in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians and later managed the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos and the Washington Nationals.