Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson
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Robinson in 2008
Right fielder / Left fielder / Manager
Born: (1935-08-31) August 31, 1935 (age 83)
Beaumont, Texas
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1956, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1976, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.294
Hits2,943
Home runs586
Runs batted in1,812
Managerial record1,065–1,176
Winning %.475
Teams

As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction1982
Vote89.2% (first ballot)

Frank Robinson (born August 31, 1935) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder and manager. He 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.[1] He won the Triple Crown, was a member of two teams that won the World Series (the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles), and amassed the fourth-most career home runs at the time of his retirement (he is currently 10th). Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Robinson was the first black manager in MLB history. He managed the Cleveland Indians during the last two years of his playing career, compiling a 186–189 record. He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. He is the honorary President of the American League.

Early life

Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, where he was a basketball teammate of Bill Russell. He was a baseball teammate of Vada Pinson and Curt Flood.[2] While playing for the Reds in the late 1950s, he attended Xavier University in Cincinnati during the off-season.[3]