As the news of his death spread Thursday, friends, former teammates, Major League Baseball executives and media members shared memories of Robinson on social media.
After managing the Cleveland Indians from 1975 to 1977, Robinson became the National League's first African-American manager in 1981 when he was hired by the San Francisco Giants.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released the following statement in the wake of Robinson's passing.
In his first season in Baltimore, Robinson showed he still had plenty left in his 30-year-old body as he was named the AL MVP following a 1966 campaign in which he won baseball's Triple Crown. The Reds, Orioles and Indians each have retired Robinson's No. 20 and saluted him with statues at their ballparks.
Robinson, one of the game's most feared sluggers and a fierce competitor, starred in both of baseball major leagues.More news: Veterinarians save cat found caked with snow
Robinson is also a member of the Reds, Orioles, Indians and Nationals' team halls of fame.
Originally, Robinson did not have himself in the lineup that afternoon at Municipal Stadium, but his boss, Tribe general manager Phil Seghi, talked him into it by saying "Frank, this is your day". He oversaw the team's transition to Washington where they became the Nationals before ending his managerial career in 2006 at the age of 70.
Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson throws out the first pitch before the Atlanta Braves play the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 9, 2015 in Washington, DC. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Frank's wife Barbara, daughter Nichelle, their entire family and the countless fans who admired this great figure of our National Pastime".
In 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. He tied the first-year record with 38 home runs for Cincinnati in 1956, scored a league-high 122 times and was voted NL Rookie of the Year.More news: Max is the man Hamilton fears the most, says Horner
Robinson is also in the Nationals' Ring of Honor.
In 1974, the Cleveland Indians made Robinson MLB's first black manager while he was still an active player.
"Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs".
All told, Robinson was an All-Star in five of his six seasons with Baltimore, reaching the World Series four times and batting.300 with 179 home runs. He was Rookie of the Year and went on to play for the Reds until 1965.
Robinson was 1,065-1,176 over his 16 years as a manager, and though he never made the playoffs, he also mentored Dusty Baker and Joe Morgan, who would follow in his footsteps. That served him well in Baltimore where, in addition to being a star right fielder, he was the judge for the team's Kangaroo Court, assessing playful fines for missing signs, uniform mishaps and other things he deemed as infractions.More news: Joy Behar Dressed as a 'Beautiful African Woman'