On Thursday, ​Hall of Fame baseball player and the first African-American manager in the sport, Frank Robinson, ​passed away at the age of 83 after losing his battle with bone cancer.


There aren't five players who had more of an impact on the game than Robinson, and his loss was felt by more than the just the baseball world. Robinson was great friends with NBA legend Bill Russell, who took time to comment on the devastating news yesterday.

Robinson and Russell went to McClymonds High School together in Oakland, Calif., and were teammates on the basketball team. 


I'm sure Russell dominated the high school ranks and was a scout's dream, but it was Robinson who was the better all-around player, according to former NBA head coach Charlie Eckman.

"(Orioles manager and Hall of Famer) Frank Robinson could do it all," said Eckman. "He was All-NBA as a high schooler. Russell could play defense, but Robinson could do everything."


So, Robinson could've been one of the greatest basketball players to ever play? That nugget is remarkable, especially considering the career Russell had. 


With that said, Robinson did well for himself and his​ Hall-of-Fame resume speaks for itself, as he was a 14-time All-Star, two-time MVP, World Series champion, and when he ended his career, his 586 home runs ranked fourth in history.