Frank Robinson played for the Orioles from 1966-1971 and in his first season with the Orioles, Robinson won the triple crown and the American League MVP award, becoming the only player to win the award in both leagues. He was also a memeber of the 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.
Robinson returned to Baltimore as the team’s manager from 1988-1991, and was named the American League Manager of the Year in 1989. His No. 20 jersey was retired by the Orioles in 1972 and he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
He finished his career a .294 lifetime hitter with 586 home runs and 1,812 RBIs.Â (Baltimore SunÂ / July 15, 1968)
.During the Jim Crow era, African American college teams were barred from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). But a brave few found ways around these restrictions. A secret game held in 1944 between a white team from Duke University and a black team fromÂ North Carolina Central UniversityÂ was one of the first integrated sports events in the South.
In early 1944, black and white students from North Carolina Central University andÂ Duke UniversityÂ met at the Durham YMCA for clandestine prayer meetings. A friendly challenge led to a basketball game between the NCCU varsity team and the team from Dukeâ€™s medical school to determine the best team in Durham. Continue reading