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Robinson, Frank

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Born: 1935 AD
Currently alive, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Athlete, Baseball Player

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1935 - Frank Robinson, born on the 31st of August in Beaumont, Texas, U.S. American professional baseball player who became the first black manager in Major League Baseball.

1956 - After graduation he was signed by the National League Cincinnati Reds and played with their minor league teams (third base and outfield) until he joined the parent club, the year he was awarded Rookie of the Year honours.

1966 - 1971 - He batted more than .300 in 5 of 10 years before he was traded to the American League Baltimore Orioles. In his first season with Baltimore, he won the Triple Crown—leading the league in home runs (49), runs batted in (122), and batting average (.316).

1968 - He had begun his managing career in winter baseball for the Santurce team in the Puerto Rican League and had also coached at Baltimore and in the minor leagues for the International League.

1972 - He played with the National League Los Angeles Dodgers.

1973 - 1974 - Then played with American League California Angels.

1974 - 1976 - Later played with Cleveland Indians. With 586 career home runs, Robinson ranked fourth in home runs hit, after Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), and Willie Mays (660) when he retired in 1976.

1975 - Began managing the Indians, the first African American to manage a major league team.

1981 - He became manager of the National League San Francisco Giants.

1984 - 1995 - Returned to the Orioles, working as a coach, as a manager, and in the front office for the team's upper management. He stayed with the Orioles until the end of the season.

2000 - He was put in charge of discipline as a vice president of Major League Baseball,meting out fines and suspensions in controversial imbroglios.

2002 - He became manager of the Montreal Expos. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.



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