The participants of the Caribbean Series held in Panama on Thursday paid homage with a minute of silence to Frank Robinson, a member of the Hall of Fame since 1982, prior to the match between Los Cangrejeros de Santurce from Puerto Rico and Estrellas Orientales from the Dominican Republic.
"Baseball today is dressed in mourning to say goodbye to Frank Robinson", the Confederation of Professional Baseball of the Caribbean (CBPC) said in a statement after the death on Thursday, at the age of 83, of the legendary first black baseball player who was chosen Most Valuable Player (MVP) and coach among the majors.
The announcement of Robinson's death was made by the Major League office.
"Robinson became the first African-American coach in 1975 in the history of the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians", the CBPC recalled.
It added that he has been "the only winner of the MVP award in both leagues, winner of the Triple Crown of Batting in 1966, 14 times selected to the All-Star Game, two-time world champion with the Orioles, Gold Glove winner, Rookie of the Year 1956 and Manager of the Year in 1989 with Baltimore".
Pilot of the Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico), he led this team in the Caribbean Series of 1971 in San Juan, capital of the island, with a 2-4 mark.
Robinson also served as the executive vice president of baseball development for the major leagues, with his focus on increasing African-American participation in the United States’ sports pastime.
The late ballplayer Frank Robinson was born in Beaumont (Texas), but grew up in Oakland (California), where in his high school he was captain of a basketball team of the state championship in which he had as a companion the legendary Bill Russell, who would be the first black coach in the NBA.