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March 31, 2011

Brooks Robinson hospitalized, releases statement

Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, 73, was hospitalized today and released a statement a few moments ago saying he was doing fine.

Here's the statement:

"Thank you for your outpouring of concern. I was originally scheduled for a routine outpatient procedure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The evening before surgery, I developed a fever and infection. My doctors chose to admit me to aggressively treat the infection and I am responding well to antibiotics.

"I am pleased to say that I continue to remain cancer free after my successful treatment for prostate cancer in 2009. I ask that you give me privacy. I look forward to a full recovery and thank you for your prayers."

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:01 PM | | Comments (42)


We wish you a speedy recovery, Brooks! You're as much a legend today as you were 40 years ago.

Bless ya, Brooksie . . .

Best wishes Brooks.

Is it strange that I had a dream that I was carpooling with Brooks Robinson last night? Then this?

Brooksie, for what it's worth, a lifelong fan will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Get well #5......

You are in my prayers to St. Jude...

May God speed his recovery. Brooks is a national treasure.

Get well Brooks. You are the signature figure for Baltimore sports. Please know that you are in our prayers.

Hi Brooksie; I've been a fan since I was 14 when the Orioles came to Baltimore in 1954 . Our prayers are with you and your family . We will pray for you every day . We wish you a speedy recovery .
Curt S.S. Md

that's right. Brooksie in NJ. been my nickname for 48 years since I put an Orioles hat on and ran out to third base at 7 years old. I am still as proud as ever. Brooks Robinson is a picture of class, humility and greatness, all in one. Even Cal says Brooks is still Baltimore's Mr. Baseball. Get Well Brooks. the greatest fielding third baseman of all time. no discussion.

To the GREATEST THIRD BASEMEN and Human Being!! Get Well!

My 50th anniversary as an Oriole fan and he is still my favorite player.

There's only one Brooks and he's ours.

My prayers are with you too Brooks and too bad I was a baby when you was playing but I saw highlights of you at 3rd.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Brooks. You are the best sports hero we have ever seen in Baltimore. Johnny U, Cal, and some others have been wonderful, but you are the gold standard. My father sold you jewelry in the 60s and 70s and when we collided at the Polo Grill bar many years afterwards, we sat and discussed those old days. For me, it was like we grew up together. What other hometown hero anywhere could pull that off? You are one of a kind. Get well and be well, my friend.


Here's hoping that the greatest third baseman of all time gets well very soon!

Had a chance to shake his hand and get his autograph a couple of times. Class act.

God bless, Brooks

Get better soon Brooksie we LOVE ya!!!

Tony Bautista had a better bat, but nobody could field like ol' No. 20. Get well Brooks.

Sparky Anderson once commented about you playing at a level he had never witnessed before.As an incredibly wonderful human being, you remain at that level. You were my boyhood idol and at 61 you still are. Get well Brooksie.

Get well soon, Brooks. We are all pulling for you.

Speedy recovery Brooksie you are in our prayers.

Brooks: I remember as a 12 year old when you came to Colombia and played third base for the Willard in Barranquilla ( 1956-1957) and as a vey young man (you were 17, 18 years old) you won the Golden Glove as the best third baseman. One of the most memorable experience in my life was when I came to Baltmore in 1964 and went to see you play at Memorial Stadium. My prayers for your prompt recovery. You are the greatest!! Thank you!.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Brooks!

Whenever I read about Brooks going into the Hospital or being sick, I get so upset that there is such a strife between PA and Brooks. I would love it if there was a statue of Brooks outside Camden Yards. I know we have the #s in and out of the park, but there is room to honor a legend and class act. I just hope it's done while Brooks is alive. Lots of teams have great players, but we aren't talking about just a great Oriole, but the greatest third basemen in MLB history so it baffles me that there isn't a statue in his honor.

Get well soon Brooksie.

It was an honor watching and listening to you play.

In my eyes, YOU are Mr. Oriole and always will be.

I'm just two months younger than you, Brooks, and I've followed your career from the start (having been a fan of the Old St. Louis Browns before your time).

LIke you, I was a third baseman in the same era, but (unlike you) I couldn't hit, so I became just a fan after high school.

Another parallel? I also had prostate cancer in 2009. (Thus taking imitation to a ridiculous extreme!)

Here's an old poem I wrote about you:


Me’n Brooksie are 70 this year.
I’m in somewhat better shape,
and have more of my hair.

I look younger, and probably
should, since he was born in May,
and I in July.

We’re both baseball guys, Southerners,
and played third base.
I, for Roscoe High School; he
for the Baltimore Orioles.

(Only, he was a starter,
whereas I mostly rode the bench.)

I’ve never really understood
what it felt like to cross the goal
with the winning touchdown,
through a field of broken tackles,
or to score the last-second,
game-winning basket from half-court.

But I think I got enough of a taste
to kind-of know what it was like
to play third base
the way that Brooksie did it.

It must have been sublime!

Aftier watching baseball for 65 years, I can say unequivocally that you are the greatest defensive third baseman I've ever seen.

Sixteen consecutive golden gloves prove my point. And who can forget the '70 World Series when your glove was a veritable horsehide magnet? Not only did you put on flat-out the best sustained defensive show in the fall classic, you batted .429 with two
doubles and two home runs in capturing MVP honors.

As a new baseball season begins, rest assured your legend is eternal, not only for your athletic prowess but for being a model of humility and grace. May your recovery be speedy and may you be with us for many more years. You are one of a kind: the pride of the Orioles and the pride of Baltimore..

I regret that the younger baseball fans were unable to follow your career on a day by day basis. You were and still are one of a kind. It's easy to say you were the greatest fielding 3rd baseman of all time....but it was another thing to watch it. And too many people forgot that you were also known as "Mr. Clutch" ...your biggest hits coming at the most important moments. And then there was just "class." Get well soon Brooksie. You're Mr. Baseball to many, many fans.

I met Brooksie when I was 8 years old. The Oriole Stars used to play basketball in the off season to keep in shape. We sat behind the bench of my alma mater, Sparrows Point Sr. High. During a timeout, Brooks came to sit down, our eyes met and he said high, shook my hands and threw me his towell afterwards.

The classic picture of Brooks to me is after the final out in the 4 game sweep of the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, Brooks is jumping into the arms of Dave McNally and Andy Etchebarren. I was at game 4 with my Dad.

What a great human being and by far, the greatest 3rd baseman of all time. What memories you have provided us and I want to say "Thank you!"

Get Well Soon, Mr. Oriole!

My idol as a person, not just an athlete.

I don't think there's another athlete, politician, or any famous personality who would engender such an outpouring when he or she had a physical problem. What's more important, there's none who would sincerely appreciate it as much as Mr. Brooks, none!

Opening Day just won't be the same, knowing my Friend, Brooksie in under the weather. Or that the LPGA's Nabisco Pro-Am doesn't have you in the field. All the Girls love hugging Brooksie. You know I'm thinking and praying for You, Connie and the kids. Get well Soon. I Love Ya #5!

Get well soon Brooks. You are the best 3B that ever played.

Love Brooskie!


I add my voice to the list praying and wishing the GREATEST 3RD BASEMAN of the 20th Century and the Orioles THE BEST.

God please take care of Brooks.

And to the Sun, please take this entire column with all the comments and show Brooks all the support he has from his fans. Thanks.


Brooks, best wishes and prayers to you and yours from my family. You've always been one of Baltimore's favorite people. You're a tough nut and I'm certain you'll be yourself very shortly. However, if you needed any more incentive, Weaver's gonna be in town Monday....

Best wishes Brooksie! Get well soon!

Best Wishes & God Bless ya Brooks. Get well soon!

Get well soon Brooks.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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