- CF, LF, OF, 1B, 3B, RF, DH
- The Judge
- August 31, 1935
- 6' 1"
- 183 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-17-1956 with CIN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1956 ROOK, 1958 GG, 1961 MVP, 1966 BR, 1966 ML, 1966 MVP, 1966 TC, 1966 WsMVP, 1971 AsMVP, 1989 Mgr
- Hall of Fame:
He won the triple crown, the MVP in both leagues, and he finished in the top ten in MVP voting ten times. Yet, he's perhaps the most under-appreciated superstar in baseball history. He compares favorably to Henry Aaron and Willie Mays, and he ranks among the all-time leaders in RBI, runs, and slugging. In 1975 he became the first black man to manage a major league team, hitting a home run in his first game. He managed in four decades and helped tutor several players on to managerial roles. Frank Robinson was a team leader who earned the nickname "The Judge." Robinson was a team leader who earned the nickname "The Judge." He helped the Reds get to the 1961 World Series and later won two titles with the Orioles. He often called team meetings to straighten out his teammates or help squelch a losing streak. In 1975 he became the first black man to manage a major league team, hitting a home run in his first game. He managed in four decades and helped tutor several players on to managerial roles.
Robinson's last full-time job was as the Angels DH in 1974. The next season, with Robby off to Cleveland, the Halos turned to Tommy Harper, Joe Lahoud and some others to fill the DH role.
Robinson won the AL MVP, hitting .316 with 49 taters and 122 RBI to win the Triple Crown. He led the Orioles to their first World Championship.
Frank Robinson is the only player to win a Most Valuable Player Award in both the American and National leagues.
Signed as an amateur free agent by Cincinnati Reds (1953);
Traded by Cincinnati Reds to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun and Dick Simpson (December 9, 1965);
Traded by Baltimore Orioles with Pete Richert to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Doyle Alexander, Bob O'Brien, Sergio Robles and Royle Stillman (December 2, 1971);
Traded by Los Angeles Dodgers with Bill Singer, Mike Strahler, Billy Grabarkewitz and Bobby Valentine to California Angels in exchange for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen (November 28, 1972);
Traded by California Angels to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Ken Suarez, Rusty Torres and cash (September 12, 1974).
Speed and power
Hit his 500th home run on September 13, 1971, against the Detroit Tigers.
Most Walk-Off Home Runs, Career
* Cincinnati Reds (1956–1965)
* Baltimore Orioles (1966–1971)
* Los Angeles Dodgers (1972)
* California Angels (1973–1974)
* Cleveland Indians (1974–1976)
* Cleveland Indians (1975–1977)
* San Francisco Giants (1981–1984)
* Baltimore Orioles (1988–1991)
* Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals (2002–2006)
Career highlights and awards
* 14× All-Star selection (1956, 1957, 1959, 1959², 1961, 1961², 1962², 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974)
* 2× World Series champion (1966, 1970)
* Gold Glove Award winner (1958)
* 1961 NL MVP
* 1966 AL MVP
* 1956 NL Rookie of the Year
* 1966 World Series MVP
* 1966 Babe Ruth Award
* 1971 MLB All-Star Game MVP
* 1989 AL Manager of the Year
* Cincinnati Reds #20 retired
* Baltimore Orioles #20 retired
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