Frank Robinson, MLB Hall of Fame outfielder and manager, has died at the age of 83. Its a sad day for baseball, as one of the all-time greats has passed. Robinson had been fighting bone cancer for some time.
Robinson debuted in 1956 with the Cincinnati Reds, making a splash immediately with a 936 OPS, and winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award while finishing 7th in the MVP balloting and making the All Star Game. He spent his first ten years in the majors with Cincy, before infamously being traded to Baltimore for Milt Pappas in what has gone done in history (and referenced by Annie Savoy) as being one of the worst trades in history. Robinson won the Triple Crown in 1966, his first year with the Orioles, becoming the first player to win the MVP in both leagues, and leading the American League in runs, home runs, RBIs, average, OBP, and slugging, and being named MVP of the 1966 World Series when the Orioles swept Los Angeles in four games. He made three more World Series appearances with Baltimore, in 1969-71, winning another ring in 1970, and finished out his career with stints with the Dodgers, Angels and Indians.
Robinson ended his playing career with 2943 hits, 586 home runs, a .294/.389/.537 slash line, and a 107.3 bWAR which is fifth all time among right fielders. He spent the 1975-76 seasons as a player manager for the Indians, and also had stints as manager of the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. In all, he had 16 seasons where he was a manager to go with his 21 years of being an MLB player.