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Brooks Robinson (1937-), Baltimore Orioles 3rd Baseman (1955-1977) and The Greatest Defensive Baseball Player of All Time

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American League’s Brooks Robinson makes great fielding play in today’s All-Star game at St. Louis on July 12, 1966, and throws out National League’s Henry Aaron at first in sixth innings. He is shown reaching for ball, regains balance, and then prepares for the throw. Robinson was named All-Star Most valuable Player. Nationals’ won, 2-1. (AP Photo)

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In the second inning, facing Sandy Koufax, and against an outfield of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson tripled, and then scored on a wild pitch.
Robinson went 3-for-4 in the game, adding two singles, and is one of two people ever named All-Star MVP on the losing team (the other being Carl Yastrzemski in 1970 - interestingly, these are also the only two players ever to have played for 23 seasons on a single team).

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I've been watching the re-broadcast of the O's coverage of last night's game with the Nats. It's interesting to hear the other announcers. They had Brooks Robinson in the booth for a half an inning for an interview, since it was a Brooks Robinson bobblehead night. The interview was pretty cool, but afterwards, their sideline reporter went over to talk to a boy wearing a Brooks #5 jersey. Brooks had seen the boy on the tv monitor while he was in the booth and sent someone down with an autographed ball for him. It was a nice story. (I figured you'd be interested, Don, if you hadn't seen it.)

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From camdenchat.com:

On this day in 1964, Brooks Robinson was robbed of a home run in Kansas City by third base umpire Jon Rice, who mistakenly called his fly ball in play even though it bounced off the foul pole. Robinson was thrown out trying to get to third base. If not for that, Brooks could’ve had 269 career home runs instead of a meager 268! This is why replay is a thing now.

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