Fan favorite Hall of Famer and former diving third-baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, Brooks Robinson, was the sixth and final Oriole honored as part of this summer’s Orioles Legends celebration series.
Nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” and “Mr. Impossible,” Brooks is universally considered to be the greatest defensive third-baseman in MLB history.
A larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Brooks was unveiled during a special ceremony in the Legends area beyond center field before last night’s Baltimore Orioles vs Boston Red Sox game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
mlb.com quoted former Orioles’ Jim Palmer as saying “Brooksie was our Johnny Unitas.”
“Everybody who saw him play knows how great a player he was. You just don’t find people as gracious and humble as Brooks. I am so fortunate to have had him as a teammate and friend.”
Robinson played 23 seasons with the Orioles, won 16 Gold Gloves, played in 18 All-Star Games, won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1964, and the World Series MVP in 1970.
Brooks Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
Brooks’ ceremony took place on the same day that 20-year-old rookie and current Orioles’ third-baseman Manny Machado hit a game-winning home run in the 7th inning against the Red Sox, which propelled the Orioles into a tie with the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
“We had a lot of pressure for us to win with Brooks here,” manager Buck Showalter said of a pregame ceremony and statue unveiling attended by numerous members of his club.
“It was pretty apropos that the third baseman made a couple of really nice plays.”
Congratulations to Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. – a true Orioles’ Legend.
For more on Brooks’ induction as a Baltimore Orioles’ Legend, see the video accompanying this article.
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- O’s legend Jim Palmer honored at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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- Frank Robinson bronze statue unveiled at Camden Yards
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