Upon news of Frank Robinson's passing, the baseball world paid their respects to one of the game's all-time greats.
A 14-time All-Star, Triple Crown winner, National League and American League MVP and first African-American manager in MLB history, Frank Robinson died on Thursday at age 83.
A superstar with the Reds and Orioles and the manager of four different franchises over 16 seasons, Robinson was one of the game's foremost trailblazers during his decorated career.
Upon news of his passing, the baseball world paid their respects to one of the game's all-time greats.
Frank Robinson was not only a legendary ballplayer, but a remarkable human being. From breaking barriers as the first African-American manager in @MLB to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Robinson lived an extraordinary life. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/tJuLnV5AJb— MLBPAA (@MLBPAA) February 7, 2019
The #SFGiants mourn the loss of our former Manager and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who passed away today at the age of 83. Frank was a trailblazer who remained close to the Giants family throughout his entire career in baseball. pic.twitter.com/vgUzDQd3Uz— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) February 7, 2019
RIP Frank Robinson. A baseball legend.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 7, 2019
Heartbreaking news in the passing of my Dear Friend & @McClymondsHS classmate Frank Robinson. It was my pleasure & great honor to have known him. We all know we lost one of the Greats, what we really lost was a Friend. #RIP @MLB @NBA @BleacherReport @MSNBC @CNN @SFGiants pic.twitter.com/KETXL9MhT8— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) February 7, 2019
Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies. We were friends.Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done.I’m so glad I had the chance to know him all of those years. Baseball will miss a tremendous human being.— Hank Aaron (@HenryLouisAaron) February 7, 2019
The NLBM joins the baseball world in mourning the death of Frank Robinson, pictured w/@HenryLouisAaron & @DaveWinfieldHOF at the NLBM in 2012. His impact on the game & society will be felt for generations to come! @Royals @Orioles @MLB @Reds @espn @MLB_PLAYERS @JayHarrisESPN RT pic.twitter.com/Pj5RfL5F9n— negroleaguesmuseum (@nlbmprez) February 7, 2019
How big a force was the late, great Frank Robinson?— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 7, 2019
He led the National League in slugging 3 years in a row (1960-61-62)!! And did it at a time when Mays, Aaron, Banks, McCovey, Cepeda, Mathews, Frank Howard, Clemente and Musial were all in that league. Wow.
Brooks on the passing of Frank:— Dan Connolly (@danconnolly2016) February 7, 2019
“Today is a very sad day because I lost not only my teammate, but also a very dear friend. I loved Frank and got to know him so much better after we both retired. I spoke to him a few days ago and he sounded good. He wanted to be home.... (more)
This Week in Baseball History host Mike Bates tweeted a host of fascinating stories about Robinson's upbringing and career.
I can't say I knew Frank Robinson or even interacted with him much, but I did get his Stare of Doom one time for a question I asked, one that I'm sure more than a few of his player and opponents saw over the years. He fulfilled Jackie Robinson's practically dying wish to see ...— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) February 7, 2019
Frank Robinson is the most ferocious competitor I’ve ever met, the most underrated player of all time. The Orioles won the World Series in his first year in Baltimore. Brooks Robinson told me, “Frank taught us how to win.” Frank taught me so much about the game. R.I.P. my friend— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) February 7, 2019
RIP Frank Robinson, 12x All-Star,m, 1st to win MVP in NL & AL, all-around badass. Mananging cost him shots at 3,000 hits & 600 HR but was 1st black mgr in each league.— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) February 7, 2019
“Frank Robinson always went into second like a guy jumping through a skylight with a drawn Luger”— Jim Murray
Robinson's family 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.