It was reported last week that Robinson, Major League Baseball's first black manager, was in the late stages of a long battle with bone cancer.
Robinson was the first player to win an MVP Award in both the National and American Leagues. He batted.277 with a career-high 21 homers, 30 doubles, 74 RBIs and 74 runs in 125 games. MLBTR extends its condolences to the Hall of Famer's family, friends, and many acquaintances around the game.
When Robinson retired in 1976, his 586 career home runs were the fourth-best in history-good for 10th today. That bit of hardware, of course, went along with those MVP awards, that triple crown, Rookie of the Year honors in 1956, a Gold Glove, and MVP of the 1966 World Series and the 1971 All-Star Game. The former Oklahoma quarterback will participate in the NFL Combine, the league announced Thursday.
"Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down", Robinson said.
Robinson worked as an executive with Major League Baseball after he finished managing and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game. In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run. He was 83 years old. An Orioles Legend and a Baseball Hall of Famer, Frank brought us so many wonderful memories, including two championships, during his time in Baltimore.
His ability to exact revenge on pitchers who knocked him down became so well known that Phillies manager Gene Mauch was said to have fined any pitcher who dared dust off Robinson.
"Guys wanted to sign with Baltimore and go play with him", Horton said.
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Robinson won his first MVP in 1961 when he helped lead the Cincinnati Reds to their first pennant in 21 years.
"He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career", MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred said in a statement. Thanks in part to a fearless stance that placed his head and hands in the way of many a fastball, Robinson was also hit by a pitch on 198 occasions - ninth most in Major League Baseball history.
Tough and demanding, he went 1,065-1,176 overall as a big league manager.
While Robinson was fiery on the field, he was even more so off it as he fought for civil rights for much of his playing career especially once he moved to Baltimore.
Some players, though, initially weren't sure how to treat the teen.
"It was either thumbs up or thumbs down", he recalled. "You don't find too many people like that", Horton said.
There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.