Frank Robinson poses with his statue before a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Cleveland. Robinson was MLB's first African-American manager. He became a player-manager for the Indians in 1975.


 Baseball Hall of Famer and former Rochester Red Wings manager Frank Robinson died Thursday at the age of 83.

He was the first player to win MVP awards in both leagues and the first African-American manager in MLB. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Baltimore Oriole in 1982.

Robinson’s No. 20 is retired by the Reds, Orioles, and Giants.

Last month, USA Today reported Robinson was is in poor health and had been in hospice care for the past several months.

Sports Illustrated confirmed Robinson’s death Thursday afternoon.

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