46 Facts About Frank Robinson

1. In 1975, Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager when he led the Cleveland Indians.

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2. Frank Robinson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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3. Frank Robinson retired with 2,943 hits, 586 home runs, 1,812 RBI, 204 stolen bases and a career.

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4. In 1975, Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in major league baseball when he led the Cleveland Indians.

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5. Frank Robinson was twice the recipient of the league Most Valuable Player Award winning the 1961 National League title with the Reds and the 1966 American League honor with the Orioles.

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6. Frank Robinson won the American League Manager of the Year Award in 1989.

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7. Frank Robinson continues to remain active in the field of baseball.

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8. In 1972 Frank Robinson was traded to the National League Dodgers, who dealt him to the American League California Angels in 1973.

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9. On October 28, 1961, Frank Robinson married Barbara Ann Cole of Los Angeles; an enduring union, it produced a son, Frank Kevin, born in 1962, and a daughter, Nichelle, born in 1965.

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10. Frank Robinson is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager.

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11. In 1991, after a slow start, Frank Robinson was moved from Baltimore's manager to the assistant to the general manager, where he evaluated players and other baseball-related decisions.

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12. Frank Robinson made numerous public comments about his desire to become the first African American to manage a major league team.

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13. In 1956 Frank Robinson made the leap to the Cincinnati Reds and responded with an excellent season.

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14. Frank Robinson was an athletic child, and he blossomed under the coaching of George Powles, the local baseball coach who worked with Curt Flood and other future professional baseball players.

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15. Frank Robinson brought a new attitude back to the Baltimore Orioles when he took over as manager six games into the 1988 season.

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16. Frank Robinson led the Giants to back-to-back winning years in 1980 and 1981, then involved them in a close pennant race in 1982 that earned him National League Manager of the Year honors.

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17. Frank Robinson remembers his years playing for the Orioles as his favorites.

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18. Frank Robinson found himself in an even more tense racial situation in 1954 and 1955, when he played in the South Atlantic League.

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19. Frank Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1935, the youngest of ten children in what was essentially a single-parent household.

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20. Frank Robinson lives with his wife of 41 years, Barbara.

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21. In 2000 Frank Robinson became one of the highest-placed blacks in organized baseball when Commissioner Bud Selig created a position for him, the vice president for on-field operations.

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22. In 1980 Frank Robinson became the first black manager in the National League when he took over the San Francisco Giants.

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23. Frank Robinson stayed with the Orioles through the 1971 season, then was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 1972 season.

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24. In 1966 Frank Robinson was named World Series MVP after he led Baltimore to a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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25. Frank Robinson finally got the call to the majors in 1956, joining the Reds at a annual salary of $6,000.

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26. Frank Robinson had told a high school counselor at McClymonds that he intended to play major league ball.

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27. Frank Robinson continued under Powles' mentorship at Oakland's McClymonds High School, where he was in the class just a year behind future basketball great Bill Russell 's.

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28. In 1996, Frank Robinson went to work for baseball commissioner Bud Selig as a consultant for special projects.

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29. Frank Robinson was born on August 31, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas.

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30. In February 2015, Frank Robinson left his position as Executive Vice President of Baseball Development and was named senior advisor to the Commissioner of Baseball and Honorary American League President.

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31. In 2007 Frank Robinson rejoined the MLB front office, serving as a Special Advisor for Baseball Operations from 2007 to 2009.

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32. Frank Robinson is one of only two major league players, the other being Nolan Ryan, to have his number retired by three different organizations.

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33. Frank Robinson was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2016.

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34. Frank Robinson was named to the Washington Nationals Ring of Honor for his "significant contribution to the game of baseball in Washington, DC" on May 9, 2015.

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35. Frank Robinson is a charter member of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, being inducted into both in 1978.

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36. In 1982, Frank Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Cincinnati Reds.

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37. Frank Robinson had earned his 1000th loss two seasons earlier.

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38. Frank Robinson managed in the winter leagues late in his playing career.

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39. Frank Robinson played 100 total games for the Indians in his tenure from 1974 to 1976, hitting for.

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40. Frank Robinson originally declined membership in the NAACP unless the organization promised not to make him do public appearances.

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41. On May 8, 1966, Frank Robinson became the only player ever to hit a home run completely out of Memorial Stadium.

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42. Frank Robinson is the only player to be named Most Valuable Player in both leagues, in 1961 with the Reds and again in 1966 with the Orioles.

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43. Frank Robinson was a baseball teammate of Vada Pinson and Curt Flood.

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44. Frank Robinson is the honorary President of the American League.

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45. Frank Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

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46. Frank Robinson played for five teams from 1956 to 1976, and became the only player to win league MVP honors in both the National and American Leagues.

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