Brooks Robinson, the famous Baltimore Orioles third baseman known for his amazing defense, has passed away at the age of 86.
The Robinson family and the Orioles shared the sad news on X (formerly Twitter), expressing their deep sorrow. They highlighted his significant impact on the Orioles, the community, and the sport of baseball since 1955. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred also paid tribute, praising Robinson’s outstanding achievements, including his two World Series wins, MVP title in 1964, and an incredible 16 consecutive Gold Gloves at third base.
The exact cause of his passing is unknown at this time. Upon hearing the news, fellow players and fans quickly honored this Hall of Famer.
Brooks Robinson’s legacy in MLB is immense. Over his 23-year career with the Orioles, he achieved an impressive 2,848 hits and 268 home runs. In 2022, the Baltimore Orioles dedicated September 24 as “Thanks, Brooks Day” to honor him, even 45 years after his retirement. Sports journalist Gordon Beard beautifully captured Robinson’s impact by saying, “He never asked anyone to name a candy bar after him. In Baltimore, people name their children after him.”
His passing prompted heartfelt tributes. Hall of Famer Jim Palmer became emotional on MASN broadcast, calling him the best and emphasizing Robinson’s exceptional character. Former All-Star third baseman Wade Boggs described Robinson as the kindest and most sincere person he had ever met. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti recognized Robinson’s unique ability to capture the hearts of the community with his charm, kindness, and class. Fans also expressed their gratitude for the late baseball icon, recalling how cool he seemed to them as kids and still does.
The Orioles mentioned that fans wanting to pay their respects can visit the Robinson statue at Camden Yards from September 28 to October 1.