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Fifty years ago, Frank Robinson's search for housing in Baltimore helped in 'opening the door for others'

Fifty years ago, Frank Robinson's search for housing in Baltimore helped in 'opening the door for others'

In the first few weeks he wore an Orioles uniform, Frank Robinson threatened to leave the team because his family couldn't find a place to live in the segregated Baltimore of 1966. Everyone knows Robinson went on to win the Triple Crown and lead the Orioles to their first world championship that year.

But this more trying chapter of his most famous season has seldom been told in the 50 years since.

Dealt to the Orioles in the offseason, Robinson had sought housing in January 1966, to no avail. Several times, the slugging outfielder was rejected because of race. In February, the Orioles began spring training in Florida and Robinson turned the search over to his wife, Barbara....

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