How much is Frank Robinson worth?
|Net Worth:||$4 Million|
|Profession:||Professional baseball Manager|
|Date of Birth:||August 31, 1935|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Frank Robinson
- Born: Aug. 31, 1935
- Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 183
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Teams (as player): Cincinnati Reds (1956-65), Baltimore Orioles (1966-71), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973), Cleveland Indians (1974-76)
- Family: Wife, Barbara; children: Frank Kevin, Nichelle
- Primary position: Left field (also played a lot of right field)
Before the bigs:
- Attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. He was basketball teammate of Bill Russell.
- Attended Xavier University (Cincinnati) in offseason during playing days with the Reds in the late 50s.
- One of the best left fielders of all-time, he was the only player in major league history to win league MVP honors in both the American League (1966, Baltimore) and National League (1961, Cincinnati).
- Best season was in 1966, when he won the Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average (.316), home runs (49) and RBI (122). He also led the league in total bases that year with 367. However, that was the only time in Robinson’s 21-year career that he led the league in any of those four categories.
- Was a member of the 1966 and 1970 Baltimore Orioles teams that won the World Series. He was MVP of the 1966 World Series.
- Was a 14-time selection to the All-Star Game, eight in the National League with Cincinnati, six times as a member of the Orioles in the AL.
- At the time of his retirement (1976), he had hit the fourth most home runs (586), a total that is ninth all-time as of 2012.
- Holds the record for most home runs on opening day (8) which included one in his first at bat as a player-manager with the Indians.
- Tied the then-rookie home run record of 38 (Wally Berger) in his first season in 1956 with the Reds. Was named Rookie of the Year that season.
- Prior to the 1966 season, he was dealt to Baltimore for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. That trade is considered one of the most one-sided deals in baseball history as Robinson was only 30 and had many productive years later in his career. Robinson responded by winning the Triple Crown that season and leading the Orioles to the World Series title.
- On May 8, 1966, Robinson became the only player ever to hit a home run completely out of the O’s park, Memorial Stadium. A flag was later constructed with the word “Here” to show where the ball left the park.
- Robinson led the Orioles to three consecutive American League pennants (1969-71), but they only managed one World Series title (1970) in that span.
- On June 26, 1970, Robinson hit back-to-back grand slams in Baltimore’s 12-2 win over the Washington Senators. The same three base runners were on for both homers (Paul Blair, Don Buford and Dave McNally).
- While with the Orioles, Robinson became an outspoken advocate with the NAACP, speaking out on racial issues.
- Was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1982 with 89 percent of the votes by the writers.
- He was the first African-American hired as a manager in Major League history. He was manager of the Cleveland Indians in his last two years as an active player. He compiled a 186-189 record in those two years. He also served as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. He was also the first black manager in the National League (Giants). His 16 years as a manager produced an overall record of 1,065-1,176.
- He was named Manager of the Year in the American League in 1989 when he led Baltimore to an 87-75 record after the Orioles had won just 54 games the previous season.
- Robinson loved golf and would often play a round on the day of a game. He was often criticized for not paying more attention to his duties as a manager. In June 2005, a Sports Illustrated poll of 450 MLB players picked Robinson as the worst manager in baseball along with Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter. Robinson was a repeat winner of the dubious honor the following season.
- On September 30, 2006 while managing in Washington, the Nationals front office declined to renew his contract. He managed his last game the following day, a 6-2 loss to the Mets.
- His uniform number (No. 20) was retired by both Cincinnati and Baltimore.
- In 1999, he ranked No. 22 on The Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players.
- There are statues of him at both Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, in 2003) and Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, in 2012).
- Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Nov. 9, 2005 by President George W. Bush.
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