Throughout the 2019 season, the Orioles will celebrate the life of Orioles Legend and National Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who passed away on February 7 at the age of 83.
Stay tuned for details about a public celebration of life for Robinson at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in April. The ceremony will include a video tribute and remarks from a variety of guest speakers.
All Orioles players and coaches will wear a commemorative “20” patch on their jerseys throughout the 2019 season. At Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a large “20” banner will be displayed on the east side of the ballpark warehouse, and a black band will be placed across Robinson’s retired number marker located on the upper deck façade in left field. And don’t miss the life-size bronze statue of Robinson displayed in the stadium’s garden behind left-center field.
In honor of Robinson’s commitment to advancing civil rights for African Americans, the Orioles Charitable Foundation will donate a total of $60,000 to several civil rights and African American museums, including $20,000 to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture in Baltimore.
Robinson spent more than half a century in Major League Baseball as a player, coach, manager, and executive. He joined the Orioles in 1966 and propelled the club to its first World Series championship, winning the Triple Crown and earning MVP honors in the process. A two-time MVP, 14-time All-Star, and two-time World Series champion, Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier as the first African American manager in Major League history in 1975 and was an advocate of civil rights issues throughout his entire career.
Watch the tribute video posted by the Baltimore Orioles
Robinson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982. He played for 21 seasons in the Major Leagues, including six with Baltimore. Robinson spent 16 years as a manager, guiding the Orioles from 1988-91, where he earned American League Manager of the Year honors in 1989. To this day, Robinson remains the only person in Orioles history to serve as a player, coach, manager, and front office executive. He most recently served as a Senior Advisor to the Commissioner and Honorary President of the American League.