Frank Robinson, MLB Hall of Famer and Pioneering Manager, Dead at 83

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Robinson died in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends.

The deal also includes an invite to major league camp at spring training in Surprise, Ariz.

Frank Robinson, right, with Pete Rose before a spring training game in 1966.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.

What people said about him: "Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies".

"We are deeply saddened by this loss of our friend, colleague and legend, who worked in our game for more than 60 years", Manfred said.

When he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles from the Cincinnati Reds in 1966, Robinson nearly single-handedly changed the fortunes of the Orioles organization.

He made the All-Star team 12 times won and is the only player to win the MVP award in each league. A Triple Crown victor, he was a member of two World Series champion Orioles squads. He finished second in the league in batting with a.348 average and tied for fourth in home runs with 17, according to Baseball Reference, while playing in 72 games, more than 50 fewer games than three other top home run hitters.

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"'They were the mighty Dodgers". "You've got to learn to live it on and off the field, and he did". "If you're lazy, you don't want to be on the same team as Kirk and guys like that". Made all of us better players, and winners. He would again win a World Series title in 1970. That began a 21-year career in which he played for five teams and became the first to win the most valuable player award in both leagues.

Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when the Cleveland Indians hired him in 1975. He was a National Baseball Hall of Famer as well as earning spots in the Orioles, Reds, and Indians halls of fame. At the time of his retirement, Robinson trailed only Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays.

In 1975, Robinson became player-manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Because he helped pave the way for future generations of black players and managers, Robinson will always be among the most important figures in MLB's history. "It wasn't that they didn't try". He is one of only three Major League Baseball players ever to have his number retired by three teams, along with Nolan Ryan and Jackie Robinson. To this day, Frank remains the only person in Orioles history to serve as a player, coach, manager, and front office executive.

He ended his managerial career with the Washington Nationals in 2006.

A no-nonsense guy, Robinson also had a sharp wit.

In February 2014, Robinson visited the Orioles' spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla.

"Then [Medich] throws me this bastard slider just off the outside part of the plate", Robinson once said. Hart complied with the assignment.

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