Brooks Robinson

  • Athlete
  • Born May 18, 1937

Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. (born May 18, 1937) is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles (1955–1977), which still stands as the record for the longest career spent with a single team in major league history. He batted and threw right-handed, though he was a natural left-hander. Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover", he is considered the greatest defensive third basemen in major league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career, tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second-most all-time for any player at any position.

Pocahontas was the reason the Virginia colony didn't disappear, unlike some earlier attempts.

It's a pretty sure thing that the player's bat is what speaks loudest when it's contract time, but there are moments when the glove has the last word.

I'm a guy who just wanted to see his name in the lineup everyday. To me, baseball was a passion to the point of obsession.

Fifty years from now I'll be just three inches of type in a record book.

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

I've always said when I broke in I was an average player. I had an average arm, average speed and definitely an average bat. I am still average in all of those.

I'll play out the string and leave baseball without a tear. A man can't play games his whole life.

Whether you want to or not, you do serve as a role model. People will always put more faith in baseball players than anyone else.

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