At the age of 86, Baltimore baseball hero Brooks Robinson, who was regarded as one of the greatest third basemen of all time, passed away.
The Baltimore Orioles and his family jointly released a statement on Tuesday confirming his passing. Robinson played for the Orioles during his whole 23-year career. He gave up playing the sport in 1977.
The individual from Arkansas gained the moniker "Human Vacuum Cleaner" due to his remarkable capacity to capture nearly every ball thrown in his direction.
The team sent a joint statement on X, the previous Twitter platform, with the Robinson family, stating, "We are deeply saddened to share the news of Brooks Robinson's passing."
"Having been a vital member of the Orioles Family since 1955, he will never stop having an incredible influence on our team, our neighborhood, and the game of baseball."
The Orioles' home stadium, Camden Yards, observed a minute of silence before to their Tuesday night game versus the Washington, DC Nationals.
Both his opponents and teammates respected him for his skill. The opposing team's manager reportedly said to the Associated Press during the 1970s World Series, "I'm beginning to see Brooks in my sleep."
"He would pick up this paper plate in one hop and throw me out at first if I dropped it." At third base, Robinson won 16 straight Gold Gloves, was the 1964 American League MVP, and a two-time World Series champion.
Robinson was referred to as "a model of excellence, durability, loyalty, and winning baseball" in a statement released by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
"I will never forget Brooks as a real gentleman who, throughout his life, superbly represented our sport both on and off the field.
"I extend my sincere condolences to Brooks' family, his numerous friends throughout our game, and Orioles supporters worldwide on behalf of Major League Baseball."