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Robert Bradley
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Posted: 08 February 2019 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Frank Robinson passed away yesterday.  He was one of the all-time greats, and somewhat overshadowed by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente among outfielders, but Robinson might have been the fiercest competitor ever to put on a pair of spikes.  He was Pete Rose without the bullshit and self-promotion.

But Robinson's Hall of Fame playing career wasn't his biggest contribution to baseball as he was destined to be the first African American manager in the American League as he took over Cleveland in 1975.  And then he became the first African-American manager in the National League in 1981 when he took a position with the San Francisco Giants.

I mostly remember Robinson as an Oriole because he was playing for Baltimore when I was a kid (my earliest memories are of the 1970 and 1971 World Series).  And as great as he was, I will always remember him for how hard he played every play - and I suspect he would be happy to be remembered that way.

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Doug Centers
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Posted: 08 February 2019 at 2:07pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

An Oriole is how I remember him during is playing time, also. 
Still the only player to win the MVP in both leagues!
Class act and pioneer. 
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 08 February 2019 at 4:54pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Underappreciated all-time great. Got to meet him last
summer. He's still second all-time in career home runs
for the Reds and he only played half his career in
Cincinnati! That's a great stat!
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