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Baseball Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson Dies At Age 86


According to a statement from the Robinson family and the Orioles organization, third baseman Brooks Robinson, a Baltimore Orioles legend who was regarded by many as the best fielder at that position ever and earned 16 straight Gold Glove awards, has passed away.

He was 86. The reason of death was not disclosed.

Robinson, who was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, made his MLB debut in 1955 for the Orioles and played the hot corner for Baltimore for the following 23 seasons.

Robinson claimed to have grown up loving baseball in a 1997 interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Robinson claimed that Brooks Sr., his father, who played for fun, served as an example to him. According to Brooks Jr., he first worked as a batboy for a newspaper.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame reports that Frank Robinson referred to his buddy as “the best defensive player at any position.”

In addition to being voted American League MVP in 1964, Brooks Robinson also won the World Series MVP award in 1970 and helped the Orioles win championships in Baltimore in 1966 and 1967.

Robinson produced one of his best defensive plays in Game 1 of the 1970 World Series. The Cincinnati Reds’ Lee May smacked a ground ball down the line, but Robinson gloved it over the foul line and spun as his speed carried him into foul territory to throw May out at first.

With 18 All-Star Game choices during his career and a record number of Gold Glove trophies for a position player, Robinson set the bar for third basemen. According to Baseball-Reference.com, he has set career highs for putouts, assists, double plays turned, and games played at third base.

Robinson was hailed as one of the best defensive players in history by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

In his first year up for election, Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

In his induction speech, where he thanked his wife, his brother, some of his former managers and even a mayor of Baltimore, Robinson said, “Playing in the major leagues and being recognized at the Hall of Fame is more than any one human being could ask for and yet I realized how many other blessings I can count in my life, all of which have contributed to me standing here before you today.”

He added later, “Throughout my career I was committed to the goodness of this game. In fact, I feel my love for the game of baseball overrode everything else.”

Robinson worked for the MLB Players Alumni Association after his playing career.

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