Major League Baseball legend and civil rights trailblazer Frank Robinson died Thursday at the age of 83.

Robinson played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians over the course of a 21-year playing career. He is the only player to win the Most Valuable Player award in both the National League and American League, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

He became the first African-American manager in MLB history when he took the job with the Cleveland Indians in 1975. Robinson went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos.


He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals when the team moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005. 

Off the field, Robinson was active in the civil rights movement, with a focus on the issue of segregated housing. Former President George W. Bush awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. 

Several lawmakers weighed in on social media on Thursday to pay tribute to Robinson’s legacy on and off the baseball diamond. 

“He was a true cvil rights pioneer on & off the field. He’ll be greatly missed,” Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHouse passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams House passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump MORE (R-Ohio) tweeted.

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE (D-Ohio) lauded Robinson as a “true legend who changed the game." 

Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanOvernight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules Trump Interior chief says climate change response falls on Congress Interior chief says offshore drilling plan not 'indefinitely sidelined' MORE (D-N.J.) remembered Robinson as “a trailblazer” who “was outspoken on issues of racism in baseball and segregated housing.”