Black History Month – Frank Robinson
Written by KROV News Department on February 8, 2019
Baseball Hall of Famer – Frank Robinson died yesterday at the age of 83 after battling bone cancer.
Robinson was a 2-time MVP and MLB’s first African-American manager.
Robinson finished his playing days with 586 home runs — 10th on the all-time list.
Robinson was known as by his nickname, “Pencils”. He was born in Beaumont, Texas, but attended high school in Oakland, Calif. Robinson played basketball but that sport wasn’t for him. He signed with the Reds after finishing high school for $3,000.
Robinson was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1956 after hitting 38 home runs and driving in 83 run until Mark McGwire hit 49 for the Athletics in 1987.
Robinson played 10 seasons in Cincinnati making six All-Star teams and winning the MVP award in 1961.
After he moved to Baltimore, he fought for civil rights for much of his playing career. After witnessing the city’s segregated housing and discriminatory real estate practices, Robinson became an enthusiastic speaker on racial issues.
Robinson also was outspoken about white pitchers not being openly rebuked for throwing at black batters.