Brooks Robinson Obituary: Orioles Legend Brooks Passes Away at 86!
One of the most beloved and successful players in Baltimore’s history, Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson passed away recently. He was 86. The Orioles and Robinson’s family released a statement Tuesday announcing his passing. Robinson’s cause of death was not specified in the release.
Robinson, a player who came of age before the free agent era, stayed with the Orioles for his entire 23-year career. He hit a home run in the opening game of the Orioles’ 1966 World Series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers and almost single-handedly led Baltimore to victory against Cincinnati.
The Robinson family and the Orioles have released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson. An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of baseball,” the Orioles said.
A Statement from the Robinson Family and the Orioles:
“We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson. An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of…
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 26, 2023
With 16 straight Gold Glove Awards, Robinson is widely considered the best fielding third baseman in MLB history.
“Brooks is the only guy I know who has a farm system for gloves,” former Orioles manager Earl Weaver once said. “He’s got gloves that are a year away. He retires the old ones when they can’t go to the left for balls hit in the hole anymore.”
Former All-Star third baseman Buddy Bell once observed of him, “It was like he held class out there.” From 1955 until 1977, he spent his entire professional baseball career with the Orioles. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 and was a World Series MVP and two-time World Series champion (1966 and 1970).
Robinson finished his career with a 267 batting average, 1,357 RBIs, and 2,848 hits. Robinson was recognized at an Orioles game in September of the 2022 season when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Gunnar Henderson.
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The Brooks statue honoring Robinson may be found in Legends Park, which is part of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. On Wednesday, park hours will begin, and on Sunday, they will end.
The Orioles have announced that gates will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m., or four hours before the first pitch. The Orioles have instructed mourners to enter the stadium from Camden Street.
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