Robinson crafted a Hall of Fame career from deft skill with the bat and a fiery personality. In 1966 he won Major League Player of the Year, the American League Triple Crown and the AL Babe Ruth Award, as well as being named both the AL and World Series MVP.
Robinson was a National League MVP, breaking records and barriers, and his trade from the Reds is regarded as one of the worst trades in history.
Robinson became an instant hit with the Orioles in 1966 as the unanimous AL MVP.
"I had incredible respect for him as a player, later as a manager, but here's one of the most important figures in the history of modern baseball", Francesa said about the first-ballot Hall of Famer. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals. Robinson later led the Expos/Nationals franchise through its move from Montreal to Washington. Statues of Robinson stand outside the Reds' Great American Ball Park, the Orioles' Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Indians' Progressive Field. "The entire Indians organization extends its thoughts and prayers to the Robinson family".
"Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs".
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Following the end of his managerial career, Robinson moved to the Major League Baseball offices and served in several different roles from 2007-2015, ending as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. That includes becoming MLB's first black manager in 1974. 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.
Pappas went 30-29 over two-plus seasons with the Reds, Baldschun won one game in 51 appearances over two years with Cincinnati and Simpson hit five home runs as a part-time outfielder for the Reds during two mediocre seasons.
"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years".
Honored as a trailblazer: Robinson was widely honored, from the earliest days of his playing career through recent years.