Frank Robinson poses for a photo in 1967. A year earlier, the baseball star had just won the Triple Crown, the American League Most Valuable Player award and the World Series Most Valuable Player award.
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In pictures: 'Trailblazer' Frank Robinson

Updated 2333 GMT (0733 HKT) February 7, 2019

Frank Robinson poses for a photo in 1967. A year earlier, the baseball star had just won the Triple Crown, the American League Most Valuable Player award and the World Series Most Valuable Player award.
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During his 21-year playing career, Frank Robinson was simply one of the best that baseball had to offer.

The power-hitting outfielder, who is 10th all time in home runs, was the first player to win the Most Valuable Player award in both the American and National League. In 1966, he won the Triple Crown and the first of his two World Series titles with the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1975, with his playing days coming to an end, Robinson made history when he became the first black manager in Major League Baseball. He continued to manage various teams until 2006.

Robinson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, died Thursday at the age of 83.

"Frank Robinson's resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations," Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said.