Take a look back at Frank Robinson's legendary career


Baseball Hall of Famer and trail blazer Frank Robinson died Thursday in Los Angeles, MLB announced Thursday.

The legendary outfielder won another title with the O's in 1970 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. "Known for his fierce competitive will, Frank made history as the first MVP of both the National and American Leagues, earned the 1966 AL Triple Crown and World Series MVP honors, and was a centerpiece of two World Championship Baltimore Orioles' teams", Manfred said.

Robinson was the 1961 NL MVP after batting.323 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs for the pennant-winning Reds, and reached career highs in runs (134) and RBIs (136) in 1962. He continued to stay involved as a manager long after retirement, spending time with the San Francisco Giants as the National League's first African-American manager, and later with the Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals.

A fearsome hitter, Robinson ranks 10th on the career home run list with 586.

On Dec. 9, 1965, the Cincinnati Reds traded Robinson to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson.

"When asked by a fan how he would pitch to Frank Robinson, All-Star pitcher Jim Bouton replied, 'Reluctantly'".

Frank Robinson was one of the greatest players and managers of all time. He was also baseball's first black manager.

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Robinson is considered a trailblazer in the game of baseball. The fact Frank hit a solo home run in his first at-bat that day as the Indians' player-manager symbolizes his greatness as a Hall of Fame ballplayer.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years".

On the field, Robinson was one of the game's most-feared sluggers for a almost unfathomable stretch, with his first All-Star nod coming in his Rookie of the Year season of 1956 and his final one occurring in 1974, his final full campaign.

Because he helped pave the way for future generations of black players and managers, Robinson will always be among the most important figures in MLB's history.

Robinson's 21-year playing career began with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1956 at the age of 20.

He played for the Dodgers in 1972 and was traded to the California Angels after the season, played with them in 1973 and for most of the 1974 season before he was dealt to Cleveland. After witnessing the city's segregated housing and discriminatory real estate practices, Robinson became an enthusiastic speaker on racial issues. That served him well in Baltimore where, in addition to being a star right fielder, he was the judge for the team's Kangaroo Court, assessing playful fines for missing signs, uniform mishaps and other things he deemed as infractions.