Awarded: April 2008
(b. Aug. 31, 1935)
Frank Robinson has earned his place in Baseball’s Hall of Fame—both as an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles and as a team manager. His career spanned 21 seasons, and he is the only player in Major League Baseball history to win league most-valuable-player honors in both the National and American Leagues. Not only that, but he won the Triple Crown, was a member of two World-Series-winning teams (the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 and 1970) and was fourth in career home-runs when he retired. He’s currently seventh. Robinson was the first permanent African-American manager in Major League Baseball history, managing the Cleveland Indians to a 186-189 record. He later managed the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, the Montreal Expos and the Washington Nationals.