Baseball legend Brooks Robinson has passed away at the age of 86. His family and former team The Orioles have announced the news through a joint statement Tuesday on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) website.
Brooks has been a part of the Orioles family since 1955 when he was just 18 years old. The club has shared a message that Brooks will always have an impact on the club, community, and baseball.
After Baltimore’s 1-0 victory over the Nationals, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde revealed most of the team members were upset after hearing the sad news. Brandon said that Brooks is an icon of the game and the city.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has described Brooks as “one of the greats of our National Pastime”, and a “model of excellence, durability, loyalty and winning baseball for the Orioles.”
About Brooks Robinson:
Brooks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1937 with a destined to play baseball at higher levels. He impressed several teams with his baseball talent at a very young age and finally received an offer to play professional baseball for the Baltimore Orioles.
He was an important member of the team from 1955-70 and made many historic moments while playing as a third baseman. He almost single-handedly defeated Cincinnati in the 1970 World Series.
At just 23 years of age, he became one of the most accomplished athletes on the team. He also led the Orioles to two World Series Championships and was awarded the title of 1964 AL MVP and the 1970 World Series Most Valuable Player.
He finished his career in 1977 after playing 2896 games with 268 home runs, 1,357 runs batted in, and a .267 batting average. (Source: Espn)
He was included in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, six years after retirement. Robinson is the all-time leader among third basemen in putouts, assists, and double plays. No other player has played in more games than him at third base.
Fellow Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer recalled Brooks as a great player and a great guy on and off the field. Brooks was very kind and respectful according to Jim.