He was a 14-time All Star, two-time World Series champion and the only player in history to win the Most Valuable Player award in the American League and the National League. The famous home run was the 575 of his career and marked the beginning of his 20 season.
Robinson and Gibson both had the ability to hold a friendly conversation with opponents and ask how they were doing, Horton says. He went on to make 14 All-Star game appearances, and now ranks 10th on the all-time home run list with 586. Josh Hart, a young outfielder, didn't know who Robinson was, and manager Buck Showalter assigned Hart to write a one-page report on Robinson.
He spent the last 12 years working in different roles in the Commissioner's office, most recently serving as a senior advisor to Commissioner Rob Manfred. But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable.
Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility, with 89.2 percent of the vote.
Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson has passed away at the age of 83. In his post-playing days, he won Manager of the Year with the O's in 1989. Cito Gaston became the first black manager to win a World Series when the Toronto Blue Jays won back-to-back titles in 1992-93.
"Guys wanted to sign with Baltimore and go play with him", Horton said. He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1966 - earning series MVP honors after batting.286 with two home runs - and 1970.
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That December, Robinson was the centerpiece in what would ultimately be one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, going to Baltimore for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson.
"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968".
Though paid only an additional $20,000 to handle both jobs, Robinson took the position knowing his place in history. Over that span, his teams went 1,065-1,176 (.475). The award honors "individuals for an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors". Mazzone capably did his job for years with metal hooks and became good friends with Robinson.
"Frank Robinson broke the ice", Mazzone said.
"It was either thumbs up or thumbs down", he recalled. "After that, I was treated just like everybody else".
Robinson is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann, and two children, Frank Kevin and Nichelle.
There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.