CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Frank Robinson, a first-ballot hall of fame outfielder who spent ten years with the Cincinnati Reds and won two world championships with the Baltimore Orioles, died at the age of 83 according to a report by Keith Mills.
Robinson was named the national league rookie of the year for the Reds in 1956 and also won national league MVP with the Reds in 1961.
“My three years with Frank couldn’t have been any better,” Reds hall of famer Pete Rose told Fox19 Now. “Frank Robinson was a great individual, along with being a great teammate and great player. I was sad to see him go after the 1965 season.”
“Frank Robinson is considered one of the greatest players to ever wear a Cincinnati Reds uniform," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. "His talent and success brought dynamic change to the Reds and to our City. His retired Number 20 and statue gracing the gates of Great American Ball Park stand in tribute and appreciation for the immense contribution Frank made to the Reds. We offer our deepest condolences to Frank’s family, friends, and fans.”
Robinson became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball in 1975 and remains the only player in MLB history to win the MVP award in both leagues.