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Jackie Robinson

Frank Robinson’s lasting legacy

Frank Robinson’s lasting legacy

The first time I saw Frank Robinson play was at Memorial Stadium on my 9th birthday in May 1966. The Baltimore Orioles were playing the Detroit Tigers on a Sunday afternoon, and were down 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th inning. Frank hit a double, then was thrown out in a close play at home plate trying to score. What I remember vividly was his aggressive base running from second base and his putting up a beef with the umpire after being called out.

That play and his reaction personified the forceful, take-charge attitude that Frank Robinson brought to his career as both baseball player and manager. Robinson, who died Thursday at 83, was acknowledged as one of baseball’s all-time great...