Brooks Robinson was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles from 1955 to 1977.
He is regarded as arguably the best defensive third baseman the game has ever seen and was nicknamed, The Human Vacuum Cleaner.
Robinson was born on May 18, 1937, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Brooks Calbert and Ethel Mae Robinson.
He began his career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1955 and played for 23 years, during which he led all AL third basemen in fielding percentage 11 times and assists eight times.
Robinson was a two-time World Series Champion, the 1964 American League MVP, and the winner of 16 consecutive Gold Gloves at third base.
He was also a model of excellence, durability, loyalty, and winning baseball for the Orioles.
Robinson retired after the 1977 season, and the Orioles retired his No. 5 jersey; he was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Robinson was an 18-time All-Star, 16-time Gold Glove Award winner, and helped lead the Baltimore Orioles to two World Series Championships. He was the 1964 AL MVP and the 1970 World Series MVP. pic.twitter.com/wdQbqk7XbN
— MLB (@MLB) September 26, 2023
Brooks Johnson death
Robinson passed away at the age of 86.
The news of his death was announced by the Orioles and Robinson’s family in a joint statement.
The baseball community and fans reacted with sadness and tributes to the beloved player.
Fans gathered at the statue of Robinson outside the Orioles’ stadium to pay their respects, while Orioles players and staff also expressed their condolences on social media.
Adam Jones, a former Orioles player, tweeted that he was “awoken to many texts about the passing of the great Brooks Robinson”.
The Orioles released a statement expressing their deep sadness and calling Robinson an integral part of their family since 1955.
Jim Palmer, a former Orioles pitcher and teammate of Robinson, paid tribute to him during a MASN broadcast.
Tributes poured in from around the baseball world, with many expressing their sadness and admiration for Robinson’s career and character.
Brooks Robinson’s cause of death
The Hall of Fame third baseman and Orioles legend, passed away on September 26, 2023, at the age of 86.
The cause of his death has not been officially announced.
However, Robinson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and had surgery for a broken arm in 2021.
Brooks Robinson career
Robinson was a professional baseball player who played as a third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire 23-year career.
He made his MLB debut on September 17, 1955, for the Baltimore Orioles.
Robinson played in 2,896 career games, which was a record for third basemen at the time of his retirement in 1977.
He was known for his exceptional defensive skills and was widely regarded as one of the best third basemen in baseball history.
Robinson won 16 Gold Glove Awards, which is the most ever by a third baseman and tied for the most by any player at any position.
He was also a 15-time All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1964.
Robinson helped lead the Orioles to four American League pennants and two World Series championships in 1966 and 1970.
He retired with a career batting average of .267, 2,848 hits, 268 home runs and 1,357 RBIs.
After his playing career, Robinson worked as a color commentator for the Orioles’ television broadcasts and founded Personal Management Associates, which managed money for athletes.
Robinson was widely regarded as one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history, known for his exceptional defensive skills and contributions to the Baltimore Orioles’ success in the 1960s and 1970s.