“If you’re not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he’ll be ready to take your job.”
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson
Brooks Robinson is one of the greatest third baseman of all-time. Brooks spent his entire 23 year Major League career with the Baltimore Orioles. Brooks could hit although he primarily was known for his fielding prowess. Brooks Robinson won 16 straight Gold Gloves for fielding excellence. Brooks played on four pennant winners(1966,69,70 &71) and two World Championship teams(1966 & 1970).
Brooks Robinson won the American League’s Most Player Award in 1964 when he batted .318 with 28 home runs and 118 RBI. Brooks was named MVP of the 1966 All-Star Game. Brooks Robinson was an All-Star on 18 occasions and finished his career with 2,848 hits. Brooks Robinson was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1983, his first year of eligibility.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about another great third baseman, George Brett. George was a better hitter than Brooks was…Brooks was better defensively… I do not know if there ever was a better fielding third baseman than Brooks Robinson. Brooks literally stole the show in the 1970 World Series when the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .429 with two homers…he had a great impact defensively because he made several spectacular plays. For his efforts, Brooks was named MVP of the Series. Brooks did not possess good running speed…he did not have a strong throwing arm…however..he was quick around the bag at third..and he had a very quick release which made up for the lack of a strong throwing arm. Brooks Robinson is one of the nicest, most pleasant people I ever have met. In Baltimore, people named their children after him. Brooks Robinson: A class act both on and off the field.