Frank Robinson, Former San Francisco Giants Manager, Dies At 83

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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. Which is why it was only fitting that Robinson, baseball's first African-American manager, was an integral part of bringing baseball back to the nation's capital.

Robinson exploded on the scene in 1956 and for the next six decades established a legacy that's second to none. He was also baseball's first black manager.

Frank Robinson, right, with Pete Rose before a spring training game in 1966. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953, he faced a tough road filled with racist taunts and death threats.

In his 21-year career, Robinson was voted an All-Star 14 times and won two MVP awards with four other Top 5 finishes in MVP voting.

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The Associated PressCrowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.

After managing the Cleveland Indians from 1975 to 1977, Robinson became the National League's first African-American manager in 1981 when he was hired by the San Francisco Giants.

In his first at-bat for Cleveland he hit a home run. He hit 586 career home runs, 179 of them as an Oriole.

He became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball history in 1975, leading four organizations during his managerial career, including his final stint with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2002-06.

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Robinson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility, and his No 20 was retired by the Reds, Orioles, and Indians, with each team also erecting a statue in his honour.

Robinson retired from playing after the 1976 season, but his managerial career was just beginning.

He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels (now known as the Los Angeles Angels) and the Cleveland Indians. Robinson is still the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to win the Most Valuable Player award in both leagues.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement in the wake of Robinson's passing. He earned the National League's Rookie of the Year honors in following that season, hitting.290 with 38 homers and 83 RBI in his debut season. He advocated for more minorities throughout baseball and worked with former Commissioner Bud Selig to develop the Selig Rule, directing teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a new manager.

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Robinson told Horton he "knew in his heart and soul" there would be more black managers to come after him - and there have been.

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