ATLANTA, GA February 8, 2019: Members of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., the leader in mentoring African American youth, across a network of chapters, are deeply saddened by the loss of Mr. Frank Robinson. In this case, the word “legend” adequately describes this history maker, however, many may not realize the amount of contributions and barriers broken during a career spanning over six decades.
• MLB’s first African-American manager
• Only player to win MVP in each league
• Hit 586 home runs
• Upon his retirement in 1976, only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays had more home runs
• Rookie of the Year Award in 1956 (National League) for the Reds
• Awarded National League MVP in 1961 (Reds)
• Awarded American League MVP in 1966 (Orioles)
• Triple Crown in 1966 (American League)
• 14-time All-Star
• Inducted into the Hall of Fame in ’82 with 89.2 percent of the vote
• Robinson’s No. 20 was retired by three franchises: the Reds, Orioles and Indians
“On behalf of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., I send sincere and deep condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Robinson. We remain proud of his leadership, excellence and determination,” stated Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. “Throughout his life and career, Mr. Robinson provided many examples for all to model, especially youth who need to see positive examples today more than ever.”
- President Bush awards baseball legend Frank Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.