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.
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 had a mean thing 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!
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 these famous pictures above. They are from the 1966 World Series (4-0): Baltimore Orioles (97-63) over Los Angeles Dodgers (95-67) Read more. Here are some other links you might enjoy: