"With that 1966 season, Robinson became the first - and remains the only - player to win the MVP in both leagues".
On the field, Robinson was one of the game's most-feared sluggers for a almost unfathomable stretch, with his first All-Star nod coming in his Rookie of the Year season of 1956 and his final one occurring in 1974, his final full campaign.
Robinson also was a prolific hitter during his time as a player.
His legacy, however, was cemented the day he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium as the first black manager in Major League Baseball.
Frank Robinson was one of the most prominent figures in the history of Major League Baseball, being the first African-American manager. 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".
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. After being called "not a young 30" by Reds general manager Bill DeWitt, Robinson won the Triple Crown, leading the Orioles to the American League pennant.
Robinson, who led the AL with a.316 average, 47 home runs and 122 runs batted in, was the first Triple Crown victor since 1947.
Robinson hit 586 home runs - he was fourth on the career list behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays when he retired and now ranks 10th. 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.
Robinson hit two home runs against the Reds - of all clubs - in teaming with future Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson to win another crown for the Orioles in 1970. He earned the National League's Rookie of the Year honors in following that season, hitting.290 with 38 homers and 83 RBI in his debut season.
The Robinson family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. And he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
There are statues of Robinson at the ballparks in Baltimore and Cincinnati.
After 10 seasons in Cincinnati, he joined the Baltimore Orioles, and won a World Series in his first season in Baltimore.
Robinson, who also reached the 1961 World Series with the Reds, was traded by the Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 1971.
Gary Sherman spent his childhood imitating Frank Robinson, he said Thursday night.
"I remember the first game I ever managed [for Baltimore] in 1968". That's my responsibility. I put him in there ...