Frank Robinson pounded 38 home runs in his rookie season in 1956, and for his all out efforts he was voted the Rookie of the year. Frank Robinson is considered one of the finest all-around ball players in baseball history. He is the only player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Awards in both the National & American Leagues in 1961 & 1966. Playing on the Cincinnati Reds in 1961, he helped them win a pennant as he hit .323 with 32 doubles, 37 homers, scored 117 runs and batted in 124 runs, and he stole 22 bases.
His speed in the outfield saved many games with his fine running catches. Frank Robinson was rated as one of the best all-around players; and with his booming, powerful, clutch hitting he seemed to win game after game in this era. Playing for the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, his power hitting, 49 homers, 122 Runs and 122 RBI's, .637 slugging pct, .316 batting ave. (he led the league in all of these categories) helped the Orioles win the pennant and world championship. He hit 586 career home runs; fourth highest in all of baseball history. He played in five world series and blasted 8 homers in these championship games. Frank Robinson played in over 10,000 games ( and that's a lot); he has a career batting mark of .294, runs scored 1,829 (10th. highest), he also had 1,812 RBI's, 528 doubles, 72 triples, 586 HR's (4th highest), walked 1,420 times, struckout 1,532 with a lifetime slugging pct. .537. Frank Robinson started managing the Cleveland Indians in 1975-77 and then went on to manage the Giants and Orioles. baseballhistorian.com archives