Frank Robinson, Baseball’s 1st Black Manager/Civil Rights Leader, Passed Away at 83 [PHOTO]

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MLB’s Frank Robinson has died at the age of 83 after losing his battle to bone cancer. 

Robinson made history and broke barriers during his 60-year hall of fame career. He was the only player in history to win Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues. He also became the first black manager in major league history and won the Triple Crown with the Orioles in 1966.

NYDN reports he compiled a .294 average, a .926 OPS, 1,829 runs, 1,812 RBI and 198 hit-by-pitches (the 10th most all-time). He also had 10 homers and 19 RBI in 35 postseason games with the Reds and Orioles, and in 1989 was named American League Manager of the Year with the Orioles.

In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in American history. He worked as MLB’s Vice President of On-Field Operations and later as a sounding board for Commissioner Rob Manfred, and developed the Civil Rights Game. He was also a leader in his community and spoke out on racial issues.

Sleep in paradise Frank Robinson! Our hearts and prayers are with his family and fans.