August 31, 1935,
in Beaumont, Texas
Major League Debut:
Cleveland Indians (1975-1977), San Francisco Giants (1981-1984), Baltimore Orioles (1988-1991), Montreal Expos (2002-2004)
Teams Played For:
Cincinnati Reds (1956-1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966-1971), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973-1974), Cleveland Indians (1974-1976)
1961 World Series, 1966 World Series, 1969 ALCS, 1969 World Series, 1970 ALCS, 1970 World Series, 1971 ALCS, 1971 World Series
All-Star (13): 1956-1957, 1959, 1961-1962, 1965-1967, 1969-1971, 1974; National League MVP 1961, American League MVP 1966; Rookie of the Year 1956; Gold Glove 1958; World Series MVP 1966; 1971 All-Star Game MVP
Frank Robinson was one of baseball's great "gamers." As Rookie of the Year in 1956 and an MVP in both leagues (with the Reds in 1961 and the Orioles in 1966), he developed a reputation as an aggressive outfielder and hard-charging base runner. The American League Triple Crown winner in 1966, Robinson amassed 586 home runs and ended his career just 57 hits shy of the 3,000-hit club. His intelligence and leadership helped him become the major leagues' first African-American field manager in 1975, when he skippered the Cleveland Indians.
"He solidified the club. We became a great team when he came to know us and how much he could do for all of us."
— Brooks Robinson
Did You Know?...
Frank Robinson's high school teams boasted great talent: he played baseball with future major leaguers Curt Flood and Vada Pinson and basketball with NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
Hall of Fame:
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1982, Player
370 votes on 415 ballots 89.16%
Hall of Fame Teammate: Brooks Robinson
Home Run Milestones
500th Home Run Hit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOyPkZaXk_M