Frank Robinson was a great baseball player. He batted .300 nine times, hit 30 home runs 11 times and hit a total of 586 home runs during his career, which held the record for fourth place in major league history when he retired in 1976. The Beaumont, Texas, native has one accomplishment that towers above others.
On Oct. 3, 1974, Robinson signed on with the Cleveland Indians as a player. He also was named the manager, making him the first Black American manager in Major League Baseball history. The one-year contract Robinson signed was estimated at $180,000.