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By Robbie Levin, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2011
Baltimoreans can rejoice. Brooks is back. On Monday the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Foundation along with The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced that construction is underway for a statue honoring legendary Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson. The statue, which will depict Robinson preparing to throw a runner out at first base, will be placed across from the northwest side of Camden Yards, on the plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell St. Almost two years ago the Baltimore Public Art Commission unanimously approved plans for the 9-foot-high, 1,500 pound statue, and it will be unveiled at a ceremony on Oct. 22, 2011.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Two hours before Chris Tillman's first pitch, as the sun poured healing rays onto Eutaw Street and thousands of orange-and-black-clad fans flooded toward the turnstiles, a man in a Brooks Robinson jersey leaned against the No. 5 Hall of Fame sculpture in front of Camden Yards. Fred Crouse of Parkville, 53, was waiting for his wife and daughter. He'd been so eager to get to the ballpark for Opening Day 2014, he'd taken off running, leaving them far behind. "I was mad to get here for the buzz," said Crouse, a lifelong Orioles fan, raising his voice in a brisk wind Monday before the 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "Just look at this place.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Roger Clemens  had a press conference before the Sugar Land Skeeters-York Revolution game in York, Pa. on Tuesday. And a guy named Brooks Robinson showed up - the 75-year-old Hall of Famer is a part owner of the York and Sugar Land teams of the independent Atlantic League. I passed on a bunch of quotes yesterday, but here are a few more of interest. Here's Clemens on seeing Robinson at the press conference:  “I'm excited today because I got to see this man over here. He came in for this and it's a treat for me to see some guys that when I was younger I watched and paved the way for me and my teammates to play the game and play it the right way. So any time I can give thanks to Brooksie and these guys that have played before me, again, I know that's the reason I had the opportunities that I had. I was able to make the money I did playing a wonderful game and take care of my family and extended family.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
1954 Record: 54-100 Place: Seventh in American League Manager: Jimmy Dykes Most Valuable Oriole: Chuck Diering Batting leader: Cal Abrams (.293) Home run leader: Vern Stephens (8) RBI leader: Vern Stephens (46) Wins leader: Bob Turley (14) ERA leader: Duane Pillette (3.12) Notable: After 52 years as the St. Louis Browns, the Orioles played their first home game in Memorial Stadium on April 15, a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. After the season, new manager-general manager Paul Richards completed a 17-player swap - the largest in Major League Baseball history - that brought catcher Gus Triandos, outfielder Gene Woodling and eight other players to the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly | July 14, 2012
Jim Palmer is being honored with his sculpture today. Several notables in attendance, none bigger than Brooks Robinson - who has missed the first two celebrations (Earl Weaver and Frank Robinson) due to health reasons. Brooks had his own ceremony pushed back to September. But he is here and looks good. Brooks received a huge ovation from the crowd. Also here are Hall-of-Famers Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. and Baltimore native Al Kaline. Frank Robinson, who lives in California, is the only Oriole in the Hall-of-Fame who didn't make it. Former Oriole Ken Singleton was the first speaker.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
As Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson addressed the fans as Camden Yards, calling them friends instead of fans, rookie third baseman Manny Machado stood next to manager Buck Showalter listening intently. The Orioles' 20-year-old phenom then ran onto the field and played third base in front of a large orange No. 5 on the outfield grass behind third. And after the on-field ceremony honoring Robinson, the Hall of Famer gushed about Machado -- who came up through the minors as a shortstop -- and his ability to quickly adjust to the position he redefined as a player.
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September 29, 2012
Following is a transcript of Brooks Robinson's speech at his sculpture unveiling ceremony Saturday at Camden Yards. “Thank you, thank you, and I promise you, this will be the last 'thank you' of my career. I know Paul Blair, the last six or seven years we played together would always say, 'Well, when's your next Brooks Robinson day?' This is it Pauly, you don't have to do that anymore. Thank you very much. And I just want to say to all of you fans here, I don't like to call you fans, I like to call you friends.
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Sports Digest | October 21, 2011
Orioles B. Robinson statue to be unveiled Saturday A 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson will be unveiled Saturday between noon and 1 p.m. at Washington Boulevard Plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street, directly across from the northwest side of Oriole Park. The statue, which depicts the Orioles legend preparing to throw out a runner at first base, weighs more than 1,500 pounds and is positioned on a base that is approximately 25 feet by 25 feet, with a series of risers leading to the 41/2-foot-tall pedestal.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
You see the jerseys every time the Orioles play at Camden Yards, often on boys born 20 years after the man shelved his famous mitt - No. 5. Robinson. The combination of that name and that number will always stir the souls of those who watched Brooks Robinson make impossible play after impossible play along the third-base line at Memorial Stadium. But even their children and grandchildren, who never glimpsed his magician's act, have heard the stories of Robinson's kindness - the way anybody could run into him at the mall and receive not only an autograph but a few minutes of genial conversation with a Hall of Famer.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
Leading up to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York this summer, the New York Daily News is running a weekly poll to pick the best player at each position. The position this week is third baseman . So, Baltimore baseball fans, who is the greatest third baseman in major league history? As of this post, Orioles legend Brooks Robinson trails the Philadelphia Phillies' Mike Schmidt in the Daily News poll, and the Kansas City Royals' George Brett is a distant third.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
When you grew up in Baltimore, in the late 1970s/early 1980s there were certain things you had to accept or you would never be able to speak at the dinner table. They were truths passed down by my father, brothers and sisters, and though I may not have witnessed the things with my own eyes, I had to accept them as the Gospel of Balmer. No quarterback was better than Johnny Unitas. Don't even try to suggest Joe Montana or that machine-gunning Dan Marino. There simply was no room for argument at my dinner table.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Few players could maneuver their way around center field at old Memorial Stadium like former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair. The eight Gold Gloves that Blair - who died on Thursday at the age of 69 - won during his time with the great Orioles teams of the 1960s and 1970s are a testament to that, but his former teammates remembered him Friday not only as an exceptional defender but also as a cherished teammate with a loquacious personality. In an era before web gems and defensive highlights aired on television, Blair was a showman and center field was his stage.
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By Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Paul Blair, a key member of four Orioles World Series teams and considered the best defensive outfielder in franchise history, died Thursday evening in Pikesville while participating in a celebrity bowling tournament, according to Gloria Blair, his wife of 42 years. He was 69. Gloria Blair said her husband played 18 holes of golf with friends Thursday morning, and when he came home was asked to take part in a celebrity bowling tournament at AMF Pikesville Lanes. "Paul was honestly too tired, but he never says no," she said.
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By Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Three days before Christmas, Paul Blair felt the pain. It was as if he'd hit the fence, chest first, while chasing a fly ball. Rushed to Howard County General Hospital, Blair, the former Orioles' outfielder, learned he had suffered a heart attack. “Doctors said that my main (coronary) artery was 98 percent blocked,” said Blair, 66, of Woodstock. “If it had closed up, they said I could have cancelled Christmas.” Instead, surgeons inserted a stent in the artery and prescribed four months of physical therapy for Blair, who expects to complete it this week.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
We'll take a break from Orioles rumors that most likely won't come to fruition -- I never say never, but I say "most likely not" a whole lot in the winter -- to look at the findings of a pretty cool book I thought would be of interest to many of you. In October, Sports Illustrated put out a monstrous coffee-table book called “Baseball's Greatest,” in which a panel of SI's baseball writers and editors looked at the best at each position in...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when the Orioles named Dave Wallace their new pitching coach Tuesday. And it's not because Wallace isn't exceptionally qualified - he is. He has held the position for four other organizations and was part of a World Series-champion staff in Boston in 2004 when he was the Red Sox pitching coach. And it's not because he's 66. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, 57, had a great line last night about age. “Heck, I'm an old you-know-what,” Showalter said.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
Brooks Robinson   owned third base. Still does. At his sendoff in 1977 - a "Thanks, Brooks" Day at a packed Memorial Stadium - Robinson's successor, Doug DeCinces, removed third base from its moorings and presented it to the Orioles  veteran. "This is always yours," DeCinces said. Baltimore agreed. In 23 years on that spot, fans said, how many runs had Robinson's glovework saved? How many rallies had he killed with his backhand stabs, airborne stops and off-balance pegs to first base?
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Brooks Robinson remains in a south Florida hospital, recovering from a broken shoulder that he suffered in a fall during a banquet Friday night. Henry Rosenberg, primary financier of a statue of Robinson that was erected near Camden Yards last year, said the Orioles' Hall of Famer was recuperating from the accident. "He's in a hospital and he's doing OK," Rosenberg said Monday. A floor nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital, in Hollywood, said Robinson, 74, was "resting comfortably, and sleeping" in a semi-private room there.
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