Frank Robinson

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The late Frank Robinson left a legacy in Cleveland as the first African American manager in Major League Baseball. But Robinson’s brief time with the Indians in the mid-1970s was tumultuous.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto got to know the Hall of Famer well over the years. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 8:

MIKE BROWN
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The NBA is a very big business and a very small world. On the eve of the Cavs third consecutive trip to the NBA finals, our sports commentator Terry Pluto talks about Mike Brown – the assistant coach for Golden State who is filling in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr – and whose basketball career has included not one – but two – stints in Cleveland.

Everyone expected a rematch between the Cavs and the Warriors. But not everything has gone as expected, Pluto says.

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The Cleveland Indians unveiled a statue honoring Hall-of-Fame oand the Major League's first black manager this weekend. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia has more on Frank Robinson's time in the majors and his moment on Saturday.

Robinson spent much of his career playing for the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles before coming to Cleveland in the September 1974 season. In October, he was named player-manager of the team and compiled a record just below .500 over two seasons.