Saturday, April 08, 2017

April 8, 1975: Frank Robinson hits a HR in his first at bat as manager



At the end of the 1974 season, Cleveland announced that Frank Robinson would manage the Indians in 1975.  He became the first black player/manager in major league history.   

On opening day 1975, Frank hit a HR in his first at bat in the dual role.   It was a great way to break into the job.

Robinson managed Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore and retired with Washington.  He never took a team to the post season but he was the first base coach for the Orioles in the 1979 World Series.    As a player, he played in 5 World Series and won the MVP in both leagues.




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