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Brooks Robinson
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Brooks Calbert Robinson: "The Human Vacuum Cleaner"

Brooks Robinson

     A defensive specialist at the hot corner, Brooks Robinson established a standard of excellence for modern-day third ballplayers.  He won 16 Gold Gloves in his 23 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, setting major league records for games, putouts, assists, chances, double plays and fielding percentage.  He holds almost every lifetime record for third baseman by a wide margin: most games (2,870), best fielding percentage (.971), most putouts (2,697), most assists (6,205), most chances (9,165), and most double plays (618).  He reliably turned in spectacular plays, and led AL third basemen in assists 8 times and in fielding 11 times.

 

     But even at bat, he was a capable hitter, posting a reasonable .267 career batting average, and hit 268 career homers - at one time an American League record for third basemen.  He was the league's MVP in 1964 and the World Series MVP in 1970, when he hit .429 and sparkled in the field.     

 

 

"I'm beginning to see Brooks in my sleep.  If I dropped this paper plate, he'd pick it up

on one hop and throw me out at first."

— Sparky Anderson, after losing the 1970 World Series

 

"If your not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he'll be ready to take your job."

— Brooks Robinson

 

"I don't see why you reporters keep confusing Brooks and me. Can't you see that we wear different numbers." 

— Frank Robinson

 

"Very nice . . . where do they plug Mr. Hoover in?" 

— Lee May

 

"He can throw his glove out there and it will start ten double plays by itself." 

— Sparky Anderson

 

"Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league."

— Pete Rose

 

 

 

Picture from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.

 


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