Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who led the Orioles to their first World Series title in 1966, is in the late stages of a long illness, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Robinson, 83, was the first African-American manager in both the American and National Leagues. He also managed the Orioles for parts of four seasons (1988-91) and worked in the club’s front office during a long post-playing career that most recently has been spent as an executive in MLB’s central office.
He has been battling health problems for several months and last appeared at a major baseball event in July, when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the All-Star Game festivities.
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