Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passing of Frank Robinson:
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Frank Robinson. As a Hall of Fame outfielder, Robinson made history as a record-breaking athlete in Major League Baseball (MLB). Overcoming the color barrier, he propelled forward a powerful legacy of excellence and accomplishment in the Black community as the first black manager in Major League Baseball history.
“It would be an impossible task to pinpoint the greatest moment in Robinson’s incredible career. Among the many honors and awards he earned, he was recognized as the Most Valuable Player in both the National and American Leagues, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“Robinson was, and will continue to be, an inspirational role model for all ballplayers, but perhaps most especially for minority players. His legacy has paved the way for people like Alex Cora who this past season became the first Puerto Rican manager to win the World Series when he led the Boston Red Sox to yet another championship win – a win celebrated by people of Puerto Rican descent in my District and throughout the country. There is no doubt in my mind that young managers like Mr. Cora, and many others in professional baseball, whether on the field or in the front office, stand on the shoulders of legends like Frank Robinson.
“I send my most sincere condolences to the Robinson family during this time of great loss and mourning. Frank Robinson’s contributions to Major League baseball and our nation will forever be ingrained in American history.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.