Author: Tyler Carey | Published: 2:48 PM EST February 7, 2019 | Updated: 3:02 PM EST February 7, 2019
Frank Robinson, who made his mark as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, has died at the age of 83.
Major League Baseball confirmed the news Thursday afternoon. He had reportedly been in failing health.
Robinson played for five different teams over a 21-year career, posting a .926 career OPS with 586 home runs.
He first entered the scene with the Cincinnati Reds, where he won the 1956 National League Rookie of the Year Award, the 1961 NL MVP (helping Cincy win the NL pennant the same year), and seven times hit more than 30 homers.
After being traded to the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1966 season, Robinson would spend six years there, winning another MVP along with four pennants and two World Series championships.
Following stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and California Angels, Robinson was dealt to the Cleveland Indians, where he would go on to make even more history: Prior to the 1975 season, Robinson was named player-manager, making him the first African-American skipper in MLB history. In his first game as the head man on Apr. 15, Robinson homered in his first at bat.
Robinson retired as a player in 1976 and continued to manage the Indians until being fired the next year. He later had managerial stops with the San Francisco Giants, Orioles, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals before hanging it up for good in 2006.