Robinson, Frank

Frank Robinson
Born: August 31, 1935, Beaumont, Texas
Played For: 
Cincinnati Reds (1956-1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966-1971), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973-1974), Cleveland Indians (1974-1976)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1982

Frank Robinson was one of baseball's great gamers. As Rookie of the Year in 1956 and an MVP in both leagues (with the Reds in 1961 and the Orioles in '66), he developed a reputation as an aggressive outfielder and hard-charging baserunner. The American League Triple Crown winner in 1966, Robinson amassed 586 home runs and ended his career just 57 hits shy of the 3,000-hit club. His intelligence and leadership helped him become the Major Leagues' first African-American field manager in 1975, when he skippered the Cleveland Indians.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Frank Robinson's high school teams boasted great talent: he played baseball with future Major Leaguers Curt Flood and Vada Pinson and basketball with NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell?
He solidified the club. We became a great team when he came to know us and how much he could do for all of us.
Brooks Robinson