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Indians' Robinson first African-American manager

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 3, 1974

Twenty-seven years after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball, Frank Robinson becomes the major's first African-American manager.

The Cleveland Indians sign the 39-year-old Robinson, a former MVP in both leagues, to a one-year contract to be their player-manager next season. His salary is estimated at $180,000.

"I'm not a superman," Robinson says. "I'm not a miracle worker." He hopes he will be measured against the ...

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