Written by Michael Williams
Frank Robinson is a Hall of Fame major league outfielder who played from 1956 to 1976. In his 21 year major league career his most notable associations are with the Reds until he was traded as an old 30 year old, a World Champion with the Baltimore Orioles, where he has been immortalized with a Toby Mendez statue, and the Cleveland Indian where he became Major League Baseball’s first African American manager. He also managed the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos.
Frank was named most valuable player in both the National and American leagues. He is the only player to have done this. As a Baltimore Oriole he won the triple crown, leading the league in batting average, runs batted in and home runs.
In his personal life Frank has been an activist in the field of Civil Rights and has been acknowledged as a pioneer in supporting inner city baseball programs. Frank Robinson has held several positions with major league baseball, as a Special adviser, Vice President and Executive Vice President.
Robinson is known to be a fiery competitor and leader. With the Baltimore Orioles he served as the judge of the Kangaroo Court meting out sentences for infractions ranging from on field blunders to being a “son” of legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver.
Frank was inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Orioles Hall of Fame. His number “20’ is retired by the Orioles and is one of the Statue numbers fans file past as they enter Orioles Park at Camden Yards through Eutaw street.
Frank Robinson ended his playing career with 586 Home Runs, a lifetime .296 batting average and 107.1 Wins Over Replacement. Frank hit the only home run entirely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium and is looked up to as the Senior Leader of the Baltimore Orioles Legion of Legends.
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