Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both major leagues. He was a National Baseball Hall of Famer as well as earning spots in the Orioles, Reds, and Indians halls of fame.
He also led his teams to two World Series titles - winning with the Orioles in 1966, when he also was voted the World Series MVP, and in 1970.
Robinson was named the player-manager of the Indians for the 1975 season, the first black manager in the game. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season - the Nationals put him in their Ring of Honor, too.
Robinson is also a member of the Reds, Orioles, Indians and Nationals' team halls of fame. Robinson not only racked up 586 career home runs - still tenth-most in history - but struck out only 789 times while drawing 698 walks. He also became manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1975, becoming the first black manager in Major League Baseball history.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the USA and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball.
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His ability to exact revenge on pitchers who knocked him down became so well known that Phillies manager Gene Mauch was said to have fined any pitcher who dared dust off Robinson.
Robinson is considered a trailblazer in the game of baseball. "Frank Robinson was not only one of the great players in an era where there were so many great players".
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The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays.
While Robinson was fiery on the field, he was even more so off it as he fought for civil rights for much of his playing career especially once he moved to Baltimore. "We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done", tweeted baseball legend Hank Aaron.
The Orioles confirmed Robinson's passing Thursday afternoon. His leadership in the front office and as manager of the Orioles was highlighted by being named the American League Manager of the Year in 1989.