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April 14, 2011

Brooks Robinson discharged from hospital

Hall of Fame Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson has been discharged from Greater Baltimore Medical Center, the hospital announced Thursday night.

Robinson had been hospitalized at GMBC since March 30, a day before he was scheduled to have an outpatient procedure there, while recovering from an infection.

The 73-year-old released the following statement: “I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their prayers and outpouring of compassion and concern during my recent illness. The doctors, nurses and staff at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center did an outstanding job of caring for me and I am well on my way to a full recovery.

“[His wife] Connie and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we received. The staff at GBMC assembled several books of emails received from around the world and we have spent countless hours reading your kind words of encouragement. We wish that we could personally respond to everyone with our gratitude.”

Robinson received 530 get-well emails, the hospital said.

The third baseman played 23 seasons for the Orioles, playing in 2,896 games. He made the American League All-Star team 15 straight years from 1960 to 1974, also winning the Gold Glove each of those years, as well as in 1975.

Robinson was the league's Most Valuable Player in 1964 and helped lead the Orioles to World Series appearances in 1969 and 1971 and world championships in 1966 and 1970.

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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.

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