Robinson, the first African-American manager in MLB history and the only player to win MVP awards in both the American and National leagues, was 83 and had suffered from bone cancer.
Despite coming off a 33-homer, 113-RBI season in 1965, Robinson was called an "old 30" by Reds owner Bill DeWitt and shipped to Baltimore.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was the only player to win the MVP award in both major leagues.
Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. He won the American League's Triple Crown in 1966 when he hit.316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI.
He also led his teams to two World Series titles - winning with the Orioles in 1966, when he also was voted the World Series MVP, and in 1970. He became the first African-American Major League manager in 1977 when he led the Indians, and later managed for the San Francisco Giants, the Orioles, the Montreal Expos and the Washington Nationals.
The Robinson family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank's memory can be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.
Robinson hit 586 career home runs and won the Triple Crown while leading the Baltimore Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966.More news: Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand $28m transfer fee from Cardiff City
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. "He was one of the greatest players in the history of our game, but that was just the beginning of a multifaceted baseball career", Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday in a statement. That includes becoming MLB's first black manager in 1974. In his first at-bat as their player-manager, he hit a home run.
An All-Star outfielder in 12 seasons and a first-ballot selection to Cooperstown, Robinson also was a Rookie of the Year and picked up a Gold Glove.
There is no doubt that Robinson is one of MLB's most important figures, and Mike Francesa paid his respects to the baseball legend during the open of Thursday's Mike's On.
Robinson had coached for the Orioles and worked in their front office when he became their manager in 1988 after the team opened at 0-6. "We were friends. Frank was a hard nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done", tweeted baseball legend Hank Aaron.
Robinson's 21-year playing career began with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1956 at the age of 20.
In 2005, Robinson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, and six years later he would be appointed as Executive Vice President of Baseball Development by Bud Selig, then the commissioner of the MLB.