Brooks Robinson, Orioles third baseman with 16 Gold Gloves, has died. He was 86


FILE - Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson takes a swing during a 1970 game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
FILE – Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson takes a swing throughout a 1970 recreation at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. AP Photograph/File

BALTIMORE (AP) — Corridor of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, whose deft glovework and folksy method made him one of the beloved and completed athletes in Baltimore historical past, has died. He was 86.

The Orioles introduced his dying in a joint assertion with Robinson’s household Tuesday. The assertion didn’t say how Robinson died.

The Orioles held a second of silence earlier than their recreation in opposition to the Washington Nationals, and the groups lined up exterior their dugouts to pay their respects. Additionally earlier than the sport, followers gathered across the 9-foot bronze statue of Robinson inside Camden Yards.

“Nice participant, nice man on the sector, nice man off,” mentioned fellow Orioles Corridor of Famer Jim Palmer, who was overcome with emotion. “Respectful, variety. And also you don’t meet too many guys like that. Brooks was a real particular person. There was no appearing. Brooks was only a real particular person.”

Coming of age earlier than the free agent period, Robinson spent his total 23-year profession with the Orioles. He virtually single-handedly helped Baltimore defeat Cincinnati within the 1970 World Collection and homered in Recreation 1 of the Orioles’ 1966 sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers for his or her first crown.

Robinson participated in 18 All-Star Video games, gained 16 consecutive Gold Gloves and earned the 1964 AL Most Worthwhile Participant award after batting .318 with 28 residence runs and a league-leading 118 RBIs.

“An integral a part of our Orioles Household since 1955, he’ll proceed to go away a long-lasting affect on our membership, our group, and the game of baseball,” the crew mentioned.

He completed with 268 homers, drove in 1,357 runs and batted a decent .267 in 2,896 profession video games. Not dangerous for ol’ No. 5, the boy from Arkansas.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred described Robinson as “one of many greats of our Nationwide Pastime,” calling him a “mannequin of excellence, sturdiness, loyalty and profitable baseball for the Orioles.”

MLB Participant Affiliation Govt Director Tony Clark cited Robinson’s function as an advocate for his fellow gamers.

“Tributes to Brooks Robinson will duly observe his brilliance at third base … . However his affect transcended the sector — as a distinguished voice within the early days of the MLBPA and a relentless advocate for his fellow gamers by his work with the Main League Baseball Gamers Alumni Affiliation.”

The Corridor of Fame applauded Robinson’s function as a member of its board.

“For generations of followers, Brooks Robinson’s expertise on the sector was surpassed solely by his unimaginable character and integrity. His love of the Corridor of Fame brightened Cooperstown, as did his devotion to the Museum as a long-standing and valued member of our Board of Administrators.”

Robinson will probably be ceaselessly remembered for his work ethic and the ability he displayed on the scorching nook, the place he established himself as one of many best fielding third baseman in baseball historical past, whether or not charging sluggish rollers or snaring liners down the third-base line.

“Brooks was perhaps the final man to get into the clubhouse the day of the sport, however he could be the primary man on the sector,” former Orioles supervisor Earl Weaver mentioned. “He’d be taking his groundballs, and we’d all go, ‘Why does Brooks need to take any groundballs?’

“I wouldn’t count on anything from Brooks. Seeing him work like that meant quite a lot of any younger particular person arising. He was so regular, and he steadied all people else.”

Robinson arrived in Baltimore in September 1955 as an 18-year-old after spending most of his first skilled season in baseball with Class B York. He went 2 for 22 with the Orioles and struck out 10 instances.

He jockeyed between the majors and minors till July 1959, when he caught round in Baltimore for good.

Houston Astros supervisor Dusty Baker recalled Robinson’s friendship throughout the early years of his personal profession, when he broke in with Atlanta within the late Sixties.

“I’m simply unhappy. One other nice one is known as to heaven,” Baker mentioned. “They received some all-stars up there.

“He was very nice to me after I was a rookie with the Braves. We used to barnstorm with him on a regular basis and he was an actual gentleman. … I by no means heard something unfavourable about him, ever. And he was on a crew that with the Orioles had quite a few African-American gamers. I feel they’d 10 or 12. All of them liked him. That’s saying rather a lot. Particularly again in that day.”

Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. was born in Little Rock on Could 18, 1937. He ultimately made Baltimore his residence however by no means actually misplaced his southern twang, which was simply positive with followers in blue-collar Baltimore, who appreciated his homespun appeal and unassuming demeanor.

Dubbed “Mr. Oriole,” he was a sports activities hero in Allure Metropolis, within the pantheon with former Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and Orioles infielder Cal Ripken, who carried out for a distinct era.

Many Orioles rooters who by no means received to see Robinson play nonetheless have been capable of take pleasure in his observations as he was a part of crew broadcasts.

Ripken was often called The Iron Man as a result of he performed in 2,632 consecutive video games, however Robinson wasn’t keen on sitting on the bench, both. From 1960-1975, he performed in no less than 152 video games in 14 seasons and in 144 video games the opposite two years.

“I’m a man who simply wished to see his title within the lineup on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “To me, baseball was a ardour to the purpose of obsession.”

Robinson retired in 1977 after batting solely .149 in 24 video games. His jersey was retired that 12 months.

Robinson’s most memorable efficiency got here as MVP of the 1970 World Collection, when the Orioles bounced again from their beautiful defeat to the New York Mets the 12 months earlier than and Robinson redeemed himself after batting simply 1 for 19 in that collection. As a result of he was so sensational within the subject throughout Baltimore’s five-game overcome the Reds, few keep in mind he hit .429 and homered twice and drove in six runs — or that he made an error on his first play within the subject.

In Recreation 1, Robinson delivered the tiebreaking residence run within the seventh inning. One inning earlier, he made a sensational backhanded seize of a tough grounder hit down the road by Lee Could, spun round in foul territory and someway threw out the runner.

Robinson contributed an RBI single within the second recreation and have become ceaselessly part of World Collection lore along with his standout efficiency in Recreation 3. He made an amazing, leaping seize of a grounder by Tony Perez to begin a first-inning double play; charged a sluggish curler within the second inning and threw out Tommy Helms; then capped his memorable afternoon with a diving catch of a liner by Johnny Bench. The Collection ended, fittingly, with a floor out to Robinson in Recreation 5, a 9-3 Orioles win.

“I’m starting to see Brooks in my sleep,” Reds supervisor Sparky Anderson mentioned throughout the Collection. “If I dropped this paper plate, he’d decide it up on one hop and throw me out at first.”

Anderson additionally mentioned, “He can throw his glove on the market and it’ll begin 10 double performs by itself.”

Palmer and different teammates would say that the nation received to see what Robinson did routinely throughout the common season. Robinson used to blush when requested to recall his heroics in October 1970.

“I inform those that I performed 23 seasons and I by no means did have 5 video games in a row like I did in that World Collection,” he mentioned. “It was a as soon as in a lifetime five-game collection for me, and it simply occurred to be in a World Collection.”

His legacy in Maryland continued lengthy after his retirement.

There’s a Brooks Robinson Drive in Pikesville, and the annual state highschool All-Star recreation performed at Camden Yards is called in his honor.


David Ginsburg is a retired AP Sports activities Author. Freelance journalist Todd Karpovich in Baltimore contributed to this report.


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