https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0211-frank-robinson-20190208-story.html I'm a bit surprised no one has mentioned the passing of Frank Robinson. In terms of influence, he's best known for being the first African American manager in MLB and for his work in civil rights, but he was also (at least) among the first African Americans to break into league and team executive offices. He never got the appreciation he deserved as a player. Bill James had him at 12th among MLBers post dead ball era. The guys directly in front of him: Schmidt, Bonds, Morgan, Gehrig, DiMaggio. A lot of big names behind him like Ripken, Henderson, Robinson, Brett, Clemente, Berra, Yaz and Bench. Triple Crown, 2x MVP, 2x WS, 4th on the all time home run list until the HR explosion of the late 90s-00s. He's also the only guy to win the "career triple crown" of MLB-wide MVP awards: world series, all-star and Sporting News MLB player of the year. Wasn't a great manager, but he did manage to win Manager of the Year once as well.