Baseball legend Frank Robinson dies and social media cries

Frank Robinson

Later, Robinson spent several years working as an executive for Major League Baseball.

Robinson exploded on the scene in 1956 and for the next six decades established a legacy that's second to none. 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. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953, he faced a tough road filled with racist taunts and death threats.

After his career in the dugout, Robinson filled a variety of roles with the league and all the while tirelessly advocated for more opportunities for African-Americans in baseball.

Frank Robinson, a baseball Hall-of-Famer and one of the greatest Orioles of all-time died today at age 83.

After a playing career that saw him become the first man to win MVP awards in both the American and National leagues, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in MLB history. But by 1965, despite hitting 33 home runs and driving in 113 runs, Red's management considered him old and expendable.

He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, Orioles and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. -Frank Robinson in October 2006, at the end his managerial tenure in Washington, his 51st season as a player, manager or club executive.

Horton says Robinson's intensity on the field and charming personality and kindness off it "set the standard" for the next 12-15 years in Baltimore when he joined the Orioles in 1966.

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In 1970, Robinson led the Orioles to another World Series victory, this time over his former team the Reds.

According to Major League Baseball, Robinson died at his California home after a lengthy illness. After being called "not a young 30" by Reds general manager Bill DeWitt, Robinson won the Triple Crown, leading the Orioles to the American League pennant.

"Then [Medich] throws me this bastard slider just off the outside part of the plate", Robinson once said.

A right fielder, Robinson played for five teams in his 21-season career and remains the only player to be named the most valuable player in both leagues.

Robinson was one of the most impactful people in baseball.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. To help honor Robinson and what he meant to the city, the Ravens lit up M&T Bank Stadium orange that evening. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday in a statement.

Robinson went on be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W Bush in 2005 for his work in and out of baseball.

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