Frank Robinson, Former Giants Manager and Hall of Famer, Dies at 83
by Nicole Yelich
Feb 08, 2019

Frank Robinson, an Oakland native, MLB Hall of Famer, and former SF Giants manager, passed away on Thursday at age 83 from bone cancer.  Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1975 when he became the first African American to manage a team, the Cleveland Indians, before taking over for the Giants in 1981 and leading them into playoff contention in 1982.  

Remembered as an intensely competitive player who was ranked fourth all-time for his 586 home runs when he retired, and now stands at tenth, his friend and former Giants’ second baseman Joe Morgan remembered him as “different than people thought.  They say the rough exterior, but on the inside and every place else, he was just a great human being.”