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Major League Baseball Hall of Fame player Brooks Robinson in his official 1955 photo, his rookie season with the Baltimore Orioles Source Official Oriole Profile, Photo and Data Book. Published by the Baltimore Orioles without any copyright notice in 1956.
- 3B, 2B, SS
- Vacuum Cleaner
- May 18, 1937
- 6' 1"
- 180 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-17-1955 with BAL
- Allstar Selections:
- 1960 GG, 1961 GG, 1962 GG, 1963 GG, 1964 GG, 1964 MVP, 1965 GG, 1966 AsMVP, 1966 GG, 1966 LG, 1967 GG, 1968 GG, 1969 GG, 1970 BR, 1970 GG, 1970 WsMVP, 1971 GG, 1972 GG, 1972 RC, 1973 GG, 1974 GG, 1975 GG
- Hall of Fame:
It was his amazing, acrobatic fielding in the 1970 World Series that made him a superstar, but Brooks Robinson was a Baltimore institution for over two decades. The 16-time Gold Glover winner played in 2,896 games, and his 267 home runs were, at the time of his retirement, the most by any American League third baseman. He was one of the most popular players of his generation, and thousands of fans in Baltimore named their children after him.
#40 (1955), #6 (1956), #34 (1957), #5 (1957-1977)
"My advice for third basemen? Get your glove down on the ground and in position to field the ball."
Robinson's glove was what kept him in the lineup for much of his career, but he was a dual threat in '64, hitting .317 (missing the batting title by only four points), and posting career highs in on-base percentage (.368) and slugging (.521). He led the league in RBI (118), and was second in hits (194) and total bases (319). Robinson collected 18 of 20 first-place votes (Mickey Mantle picked up the other two) after helping Baltimore finish third with 97 wins. Robinson was second in MVP voting in 1966, and third two other times.
Royals third baseman George Brett chose uniform #5 to honor Brooks Robinson, one of his boyhood heroes.
His glove, soft hands, and throwing arm. Robinson was also an effective leadership presence in the Orioles' clubhouse.
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