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Frank Robinson

"With that 1966 season, Robinson became the first - and remains the only - player to win the MVP in both leagues".

Pappas went 30-29 over two-plus seasons with the Reds, Baldschun won one game in 51 appearances over two years with Cincinnati and Simpson hit five home runs as a part-time outfielder for the Reds during two mediocre seasons. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

Legendary former Major League Baseball player and manager Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83. As manager of the Orioles in 1989, Robinson won AL Manager of the Year honors.

"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations", MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

Following the end of his managerial career, Robinson moved to the Major League Baseball offices and served in several different roles from 2007-2015, ending as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Development. In 1966, the year after he was traded to the American League's Baltimore Orioles, a team he led to a World Series victory while winning the Triple Crown and the Most Valuable Player awards. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982. At age 20, he was voted NL Rookie of the Year after hitting a then rookie-record 38 home runs. He hit.323 with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs and led the majors in slugging (.611), OPS (1.015) and intentional walks (23) for a 93-61 Reds club that lost in the World Series to the New York Yankees. He also won Rookie of the Year in 1956, took home the Triple Crown in 1966, and is top-10 on the all-time home run list with 586 bombs. He left Cleveland in 1977 and returned to managing with the San Francisco Giants from 1981-84 before returning to the Orioles as manager of the team from 1988-1991. They would try to mimic his batting stance in their Little League games; they would go to his games as a group; they would watch the Cincinnati Reds on television just for a glimpse of his face.

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In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Statues of Robinson stand outside the Reds' Great American Ball Park, the Orioles' Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the Indians' Progressive Field.

One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson's bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore's greatest legends was born. Things didn't get much better right away as Baltimore went on to lose its first 21 games and finished 54-107.

Robinson is also in the Nationals' Ring of Honor.

"I don't rank guys, but I'd put him right there with the best ever", Earl Weaver, the former Orioles manager who died in 2013, once said.

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