Not only was he the first to be MVP in boh leagues, he is the ONLY player to do it, AFAIK.
Also, and perhaps more importantly, first person of color to manage in the Major Leagues.
In the historical context of MLB, he is probably one of the more underrated men. His career in the N.L., which was remarkable, was often overshadowed by Mays, Aaron and Clemente. In the A.L. he really got to shine and show his leadership abilities.
Orioles practically stole him from the Reds (for Milt Pappas) F. Robby showed 'em by winning the Triple Crown AND leading the O's to a World Series Championship!
A tremendous man!
And thanks for the heads up Katester; I had not seen this.
I forgot about first manager as well....It is a pretty simple heirarchy to me:
1 - Jackie Robinson - broke the color barrier in baseball
2 - Larry Doby -- broke the color barrier in the AL
3 - Frank Robinson - first manager of color in the majors
I love Jackie Robinson day in the majors, and was truly a bit sad when Mariano Rivera retired and took the last active 42 off the field of play. How many guys wear #24 now to honor jackie robinson - 99% sure that at least Robinson Cano does.....
RIP Don Newcombe, former Dodger. First to win cy Young and MVP in the same year.
After his career ended he overcame some personal demons and became influential in helping others battle substance abuse.
Its been about a year for the shooting at that high school............since then 12,000 more people have been killed by shooting...... Best regards, DavidDon't know how we missed T.J. Cunningham, former Seattle Seahawks DB, who was shot to death in a school parking.
I was really saddened to hear that Nathaniel Taylor who played Rollo on Sanford and Son passed away a age 80. His character was absolutely hilarious on that iconic 1970s politically incorrect sitcom. I always looked forward to seeing his appearances on that show and he never disappointed.