Texas Native And MLB Hall Of Famer Frank Robinson Passes Away At 83
The state of Texas is in mourning as Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson passed away Thursday (February 7) at the age of 83.
According to ESPN, Robinson broke barriers as Major League Baseball's first African American manager and Triple Crown winner and the only player to earn MVP award in both leagues with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement saying,
Frank Robinson’s resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations.
As we celebrate Black History Month the Cleveland Indiana made Robinson the first African American manager in 1975 when he was still active as a player, and he was a player-manager for that season and the year before retiring after the 1976 season.
He also managed the San Francisco Giants, the Orioles, and the Montreal Expos, and became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.
He career stats include Rookie of the Year, and is 10th on the career home runs list with 586 over 21 seasons.