One of the Most Iconic Figures in Sports History Dies, Americans in Mourning

February 07, 2019Feb 07, 2019

Baseball fans around the nation are in mourning on Thursday after the news was confirmed that legendary player, Frank Robinson, has passed away. The Hall of Famer died at 83-years-old.

Robinson was a true pioneer for the sport of baseball. He was a 14-time All-Star with several records and titles under his name. Additionally, he was the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball.

USA Today wrote, "Few men have had a greater impact as a player, a manager and an executive than Robinson, who was so revered and respected that three different franchises retired his uniform number, No. 20, and erected statues in his honor."

Throughout his career, Robinson reportedly hit 586 home runs (10th all-time), became the first black manager in league history, won the Triple Crown with the Orioles, and was the only player in history to win Most Valuable Player awards in two separate leagues.

According to NY Daily News, Robinson had a .294 average, a .926 OPS, 1,829 runs, 1,812 RBI, and a 10th most all-time hit-by-pitches at 198. 

Additionally, he has two World Series titles and was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Sadly, Robinson had spent the last several months in hospice care in Southern California. Now, he has passed away. 

Thousands of people took to social media to mourn the loss immediately after the news was confirmed. Below are some of the posts:

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