Despite coming off a 33-homer, 113-RBI season in 1965, Robinson was called an "old 30" by Reds owner Bill DeWitt and shipped to Baltimore.
Frank Robinson, a former Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 83.
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson dies at 83. An MVP with Cincinnati and Baltimore, he won the Triple Crown while leading the Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966.
"With that 1966 season, Robinson became the first - and remains the only - player to win the MVP in both leagues".
The Orioles swept the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in four games to win the 1966 World Series.
In 1975, Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians. Robinson would go on to have managerial stints with the San Francisco Giants, which made him the NL's first black manager, as well as the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos during their transition into the Washington Nationals.
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The Robinson family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.
Robinson's number 20 from his playing days has been retired by the Orioles, Reds and Indians and all three franchises have dedicated bronze statues to the trailblazer outside of their respective stadiums.
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Notable quote: "The only reason I'm the first black manager is that I was born black". The fact Frank hit a solo home run in his first at-bat that day as the Indians' player-manager symbolizes his greatness as a Hall of Fame ballplayer. Robinson was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to civilians in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2005.
After his dismissal from Cleveland, Robinson returned to the Orioles as a coach from 1978-80 and 1985-87. He played for the California Angels in 1973 and was dealt to Cleveland late in the 1974 season.
In 1989, the Orioles were a surprising contender and finished second in the AL East, winning 85 games. Mazzone capably did his job for years with metal hooks and became good friends with Robinson.