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Who is the Human Vacuum?

Jersey #5 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). He batted and threw right-handed, though he was a natural left-hander. Nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” or “Mr. Hoover“, he is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in major league history. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Read more | Official Site | Hall of Famer | All the Stats

He has been my HERO my entire life.  Not necessarily because of his amazing defense, but mainly for the fact that I have never met anyone who didn’t have something NICE to say about him!

Incidentally, his position #5 on a roster was also his jersey number.  As far as I concerned, he was the best baseball player in the history of the game.  At the very least, in my lifetime, simply because I never met Babe Ruth.  Brooksey was perhaps the most likeable guy you’ll ever meet!

“An Evening With Brooks” at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a tribute to legendary third-baseman (and Mister Oriole himself), Brooks Robinson. The event, put on by the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. Read more

My father named me after him since he also liked baseball.  My name is Brooks Burton Shumate.  I was born August 27, 1967— one year after the Orioles won the 1966 World Series (4-0): Baltimore Orioles (97-63) over Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) Read more

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