Frank Robinson, the only man to win the MVP in both leagues, passed away today February 7, 2019 at age 83.
(My first Frank Robinson card)
Robinson played for 21 seasons. The first 10 with the Reds, then 6 with the Orioles. He wrapped up his career with brief stops in Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Cleveland.
1956 NL Rookie of the Year
2-time MVP (NL-1961, AL-1966)
1966 Triple Crown winner
Played in 5 World Series (Reds - 1, Orioles - 4)
Led his league in Runs 3 times
Hit 586 career home runs (4th place at time of retirement)
First African-American manager (Cleveland - 1975)
Managed the Indians, Giants, Orioles, and Expos/Nationals, for a total of 16 seasons.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982
When Frank came over from the Reds, he immediately provided veteran leadership for the Orioles, and kept the team loose. One of the first photos I remember seeing of him was holding "Kangaroo Court" in the clubhouse:
Long-time Pirates' hurler Bob Friend passed away on February 3, 2019 at age 88, in Pittsburgh.
He pitched for the Bucs from 1951 to 1965, and was a 3-time All-Star. He led the NL with 22 wins in 1958 (but also led with 19 losses in '59 and '61).
Friend was 18-12 during the Pirates' 1960 championship season, and made his final All-Star team that year.
He continued in the Pirates' starting rotation through his last season in Pittsburgh ('65) at age 34.
After the '65 season, he was traded to the Yankees for reliever Pete Mikkelsen, but by mid-1966 had crossed town to play for the Mets. He retired after that season.