Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 on the first ballot.
But, over six decades as a 14 time all-star, two-time league MVP, two-time World Series champion and baseball's last triple-crown victor, Robinson ascended as an integral figure in MLB's pantheon. He had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLBTR extends its condolences to the Hall of Famer's family, friends, and many acquaintances around the game. He finished second in the league in batting with a.348 average and tied for fourth in home runs with 17, according to Baseball Reference, while playing in 72 games, more than 50 fewer games than three other top home run hitters. 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.
The 14-time All-Star started his career with Cincinnati in 1956, taking home National League rookie of the year honors in his inaugural season when he hit a rookie-record 38 home runs for the Reds. The former Oklahoma quarterback will participate in the NFL Combine, the league announced Thursday. If you don't know much about Frank Robinson, I recommend looking him up.
Robinson also worked for the game off the field as a consultant, and then executive, with the commissioner's office. But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable. Robinson passed away at his home in Southern California, MLB said.
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.
But basketball wasn't for Robinson, who went on to sign with the Reds out of high school for $3,000. He won the award in 1961 for the Cincinnati Reds in the National League and in 1966 for the Orioles in the American League. "We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done", Aaron posted on Twitter.
"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968". Over that span, his teams went 1,065-1,176 (.475).
Robinson also was outspoken about white pitchers not being openly rebuked for throwing at black batters.
Though paid only an additional $20,000 to handle both jobs, Robinson took the position knowing his place in history.
At the time, the Orioles had a batboy named Jay Mazzone, whose hands were amputated when he was 2 after a burning accident.
Some players, though, initially weren't sure how to treat the teen. "After that, I was treated just like everybody else".
There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.