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Giants to honor HOFer Robinson before game

Former skipper will have on-field celebration on African-American Heritage Night
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The Giants will honor Hall of Fame slugger and former team manager Frank Robinson during African-American Heritage Night on Sept. 13 at AT&T Park, the team announced Friday.

Robinson, 81, is scheduled to be in attendance when he is honored on the field before the Giants host the Dodgers. All fans in attendance for that matchup will receive a free Robinson bobblehead.

The Giants will honor Hall of Fame slugger and former team manager Frank Robinson during African-American Heritage Night on Sept. 13 at AT&T Park, the team announced Friday.

Robinson, 81, is scheduled to be in attendance when he is honored on the field before the Giants host the Dodgers. All fans in attendance for that matchup will receive a free Robinson bobblehead.

"As baseball prepares to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the day when legendary Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, we are excited to announce that we will honor Frank who, like Jackie, blazed new trails for African-Americans in our game," Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in an official statement.

Robinson, who clubbed 586 home runs during his legendary career with the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians, became the first African-American manager in Major League Baseball with Cleveland in 1975. In 1981, Robinson became the first African-American to manage in both leagues when he was hired to skipper San Francisco. He was named UPI's Manager of the Year in 1982 and went on to lead the Giants on the field until 1984.

Robinson went on to manage the Orioles before assisting then-Commissioner Bud Selig as a consultant and vice president for on-field operations. In 2002, Robinson returned to the dugout once more to manage the Montreal Expos and subsequently the Nationals after the franchise moved to Washington, D.C. He was named Senior Adviser and Honorary President of the American League by Commissioner Rob Manfred in '15.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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