Brooks Robinson (photo courtesy of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame)

… days until Opening Day!!!

Five is another important number in Orioles baseball history. Known as the “Human Vacuum Cleaner” and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, third baseman Brooks Robinson remains one of Baltimore’s most beloved players. Brooks played for the O’s from 1955 to 1977. He was an All-Star 18 times, and was the MVP of the All-Star game in 1966. He was also AL MVP in 1966 and World Series MVP in 1970.The Orioles retired his number on April 14, 1978. Today Brooks can still be seen attending important Orioles events and is an owner of the independent Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

In August 2012, I visited Brooks’ hometown of Little Rock, AR, for the first time, seeing not only Lamar Porter Field, where he played during his youth, but also his alma mater, Little Rock Senior High School (later named Little Rock Central High School). It was pretty cool seeing where one of my idols came from. Although there were no big Brooks Robinson statues there like we have in Baltimore and York, PA. But maybe they’ll have one some day. After all, he’s that important.

~ baseballrebecca








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