MLB Legend Frank Robinson Has Died Following Lengthy Cancer Battle

February 7, 2019

Former Cleveland Indians manager and player Frank Robinson stands with a new statue commemorating his career

Baseball legend Frank Robinson died at his Los Angeles home following a lengthy battle with bone cancer. He was 83-years-old. Robinson played for five teams over his 21-year career in which he batted .294 with 586 home runs, and 1,812 runs batted in. He was just shy of 3,000 hits with 2,943. He won two world championships as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, and in 1966 he won the Triple Crown, leading the American League in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, in his first year of eligibility.

In 1975, he became the first black man to manage a major league team when he was named the player-manager for the Cleveland Indians. He would go on to manage the San Francisco Giants from 1981-1984, the Baltimore Orioles from 1988-1991, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2002-2006, finishing his career as a manager with a 1065-1176 record.

Robinson would continue to work in Major League Baseball, serving various roles over the years including Special Advisor for Baseball Operations and Executive Vice President of Baseball Development.

Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Frank, and his daughter, Nichelle.

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