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Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr.
(The Human Vacuum Cleaner)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
 Biographical Information
Considered by many the best defensive third baseman of all-time, Brooks Robinson is the record holder for an infielder with sixteen consecutive Gold Gloves, a total equaled only by pitchers Jim Kaat (16) and Greg Maddux (18). He was named to the Rawlings All-Time Gold Glove Team. He was nicknamed "the Human Vacuum Cleaner" after stellar defensive performance in the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. He also is tied with Carl Yastrzemski for the most seasons with the same team (23).
Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 12, 1983 by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He is considered one of the classiest ballplayers to ever step on a diamond. In 2012, his statue was erected outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards along with those of other greats in the team's history.
After his playing career ended, Robinson was an Orioles broadcaster. Quote; "If (Robinson) could run, he would be the perfect ballplayer." Johnny Pesky. His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1957 Topps set.
 Notable Achievements
- 15-time All-Star (1960-1974)
- AL MVP (1964)
- 1966 All-Star Game MVP
- 1970 World Series MVP
- 16-time AL Gold Glove Winner (1960-1975)
- AL At Bats Leader (1961)
- AL RBI Leader (1964)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969 & 1971)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1964 & 1966)
- Won two World Series with the Baltimore Orioles (1966 & 1970)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1983
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 Records Held
- Gold Glove awards, 16 (tied)
- Consecutive Gold Glove awards, 16 (tied)
- Seasons with one club, 23 (tied)
- Triple Plays, Batted Into, career, 4
- Games, third baseman, career, 2870
- Assists, third baseman, career, 6205
- Putouts, third baseman, career, 2697
- Double plays, third baseman, career, 618
 Further Reading
- Tom Adelman: Black and Blue: The Golden Arm, the Robinson Boys, and the 1966 World Series that Stunned America, Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2006.
- Brooks Robinson (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, October 1972, pp. 70-72. 
- Brooks Robinson (as told to Jack Tobin): Third Base is My Home, Word Books, Waco, TX, 1974.
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson," Baseball Digest, October 1990, p. 33. 
- Fay Vincent: "Brooks Robinson", in We Would Have Played For Nothing, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008, pp. 229-257.