September 2005

The Greatest is up to you

Tom, thank you for your comment here. I appreciate your kind words about me as a
third baseman. I always tell people, "Whoever you want to be the Greatest
is the Greatest." Who is the Greatest Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the
world? It’s whoever you want it to be. I think that’s the way I look at
baseball. You can make a case for a lot of guys.

As far as Ron Santo, he is one of my favorite all-time third
basemen. TherSantoe is no doubt in my mind that he should be in the Baseball Hall of
Fame
. When you put his stats in there with all of the other third basemen, he’s
a Hall of Famer. Consequently, I think that he probably got squeezed. When I
was the MVP in the 1970 World Series, that was a springboard for me getting
into the Hall of Fame. Of course, the Cubbies never reached the World Series
while Ron was playing. Plus, I think a lot of writers say, "We have three
guys off that 1969 team — Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ernie Banks —
and we’re not going to put anyone else on that team in the Hall of Fame simply
because they never won."

Ron went 15 years in the Baseball Hall of Fame regular phase
and never got the 75 percent he needed to get into the Hall of Fame. He’s in
the Veteran’s Group now and we voted twice and he’s never attained 75 percent
of that vote. There are a little over 80 players that vote and you still have
to get 75 percent of that vote. I’ve voted for him the last two times (we vote
every other year). He’s the first guy I voted for in the last two ballots. He
has given so much to the Cubs and Chicago and has had a lot of trauma in his
life. Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, I think he’s going to get in the next
time we vote and that’s going to be in 2007 — that’s my prediction!

Kgaver, I did attend a banquet this week. I received the
Louis V. Kerber Patriotism Award for Citizenship. It was a wonderful day. Jim
Palmer was one of my presenters. He did a great job. I had a couple of my
friends say a few words. I had my family there and it could not have been
nicer. Louis Kerber came up with the National Flag Day Foundation many years
ago and I was on the Board of Directors at one time (www.flagday.org). On Flag
Day, June 14, we all stop to say the Pledge of Allegiance. I called a lot of
the Major League teams to ask them to stand up on that day and sing the Star
Spangled Banner. In Baltimore, it is really important because this is where
Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner nearly 200 years ago. Anyway,
it was a great day. Lou Kerber is one of my favorite guys. The flag is a
wonderful symbol — not only does it recognize an opportunity to have a great
life here in the United States but many other things as well.

Thanks for reading and please be sure to visit my official site at brooksrobinson.com for more!

50TH ANNIVERSARY

I can?t believe it?s been 50 years since I broke intoprofessional baseball. Sometimes it
seems like I never even played. Then
again, I?ll be watching television and someone will make a great play and
they?ll say ?hey, that?s a Brooks Robinson play? and I?ll get all excited and I
think ? yeah I did use to do that!

Anyway, it?s been great. I enjoyed every minute of playing almost 23 years professionally and
then doing the television for 16 years. I couldn?t be happier with my life and the way things are going.

I vividly remember September 17th. We had finished the season at York, PA. They called me up to the majors. One of the reasons I signed with the Orioles
was because of Paul Richards. When I
signed in 1955, he told me that the O?s had just come in the league in 1954 and
he sold me on the fact that if I had some ability I?d have the chance to play
early in my career because they didn?t have a lot of good players. Here I am 18 years old and he tells me I?m
going to play 3rd base that day after being recalled from York. Not that I was suppose to – I think Kal Segrist was the third baseman and
I think he fell down in the tub the night before. All of a sudden Paul Richards
told me I was starting at third base.

I got 2 hits that day and knocked in a big run. I?m thinking ? 2 for 4 my first day and I
knocked in a big run and we beat the Senators 3-1. I got my first hit off Chuck Stobbs. I remember running back to the Southern Hotel
where I was staying. I called my Mom and
Dad: ?Guess what, I just played my first
game and got 2 hits – man this is my cup
of tea. I don?t know why I was in the
minor leagues this year.? Well I think I
went 0-18 the next 18 times at bat and struck out about 10 times. So I knew these guys were way ahead of me and
if I was going to perpetuate my stay in the big leagues, I knew it was going to
take a lot of work.

Kellia thinks that if the All Star Game is going to decide
home field advantage for the World Series then the best players should be
chosen.

I agree with Kellia. If they are going to put such
importance on an All Star Game that will dictate who is going to get the home
field advantage in the World Series, I think you should pick the best
players. I do think that having home
field advantage is a big advantage since you?ll get 4 games to 3. I think home field in baseball is pretty important. I agree with you. I think the best players in the league should
be the ones that come to the game not necessarily one from each team.