Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson dies at 86
Baltimore Orioles legend and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson died at the age of 86, the team announced Tuesday.
"We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson," the Robinson family and Orioles said in a joint statement. "An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of baseball."
Robinson played his entire 23-year career with the Orioles, helping the club win the World Series in 1966 and 1970. He also won AL MVP in 1964.
The third baseman is considered one of the greatest ever to play at the hot corner. He was an 18-time All-Star and 16-time Gold Glover.
"He embodied everything great not only about the Orioles, but the game of baseball and the city of Baltimore," the Orioles said in a press release. "As the late sports columnist John Steadman once observed, 'As great a ball player as Brooks Robinson is, he is an even greater person."
Robinson, who was inducted in Cooperstown in 1983, finished his career with 268 home runs, 1,357 RBIs, and 2,848 hits over 2,896 regular-season games.
After his playing career, Robinson worked as an Orioles television broadcaster from 1978-1993.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde added that Robinson was thrilled with how the team has been performing.
"I know he watched us a lot, and last year when he came, he knew all of our players," Hyde said after his club won its 98th game of the season, according to Jake Rill of MLB.com. "He watched every night. He was really happy with how our team was playing."