Cummings Statement on the Passing of Frank Robinson

February 7, 2019
Press Release

Baltimore, MD (February 7, 2019)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement on the passing of Frank Robinson:

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Orioles legend Frank Robinson, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  Beyond his astonishing Hall of Fame career, Robinson broke the color barrier as the first African American MLB manager.  When Frank Robinson came to Baltimore, he made a good team great.  He was one of my heroes – a true role model for me and so many others.  I remember the excitement I felt watching his powerful performance on the field.  His historic feat in 1966, when he became the first and only player to hit a home run out of Memorial Stadium is a crown jewel in Baltimore’s history.  His impact on the game of baseball, the state of Maryland, and, indeed, our country is immeasurable.  My prayers are with the Robinson family as they mourn his passing.”