Frank Robinson (August 31 1935 – February 7 2019) was an American professional baseball Hall of Fame player, manager, and executive from the 1950s into the 2010s. Widely known for his tenacity, Robinson’s many on-the-field accolades led to what was undeniably his greatest accomplishment: becoming the first African-American field manager in Major League history, as the Cleveland Indians’ player-manager.
- It's in the black players and it remains there. The National League was the first to sign black players and remained ahead all these years. And so many outstanding players are black that it's hard to have an outstanding team without your share of black players. It seemed like the National League teams were willing to sign any promising prospect regardless of color, while the American League was only interested in the outstanding, can't-miss black prospect. And if you don't sign the raw talent that needs a few years to develop, you lose out on some outstanding players.
- On integration in baseball, as quoted in "Frank Robinson Sounds Off! Why the National League is Different - Better" by Bill Libby, in Sport (September 1972)
- It worked out just right. I've had to try to catch Aaron virtually all my career. But he's the home run king, so that means he's the cleanup hitter. That means I got into the Hall of Fame before he did.
- On being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame alongside Hank Aaron, as quoted in "Aaron, Robinson Enshrined" by Larry Whiteside, in The Boston Globe (August 2, 1982)
Quotes about Robinson
- "Sometimes it seems like a bad trade, but bad trades are part of baseball. Now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake! It's a long season, and you gotta trust it."
- "It was nothing personal at all. Robinson is not a young 30. If he had been 26, we might not have traded him."