Pete Rose

Pete2Mr. Carey, thank you for your comment on my recent post. You did make some very good points. My opinion is that as long as Bud Selig is Commissioner, Pete Rose will not be made eligible for the Hall of Fame. Pete signed a 5-page document that banned him from the game. Rumor has it that he signed because either there was still more to come out or that he had made a deal with Bart Giamatti to serve his time and then get back into the game in good standing.

To set the record straight, it was marijuana, not cocaine that was found in Ferguson Jenkins? suitcase when he entered Canada. And you were right when you said Gaylord Perry threw a spitter. I think both were punished somewhat by not receiving enough votes to enter the Hall of Fame right away.

Also, as far as signings are concerned, today?s players and former players really have no say where they sit during an autograph show. Pete really had nothing to do with the timing of his latest book. I know he did not want it to coincide with the Hall of Fame announcement but in this case the publisher ruled.

I am with Pete 3 or 4 times in a year and I enjoy it very much. If Pete flips over next year into the Veteran?s Group, which is made up of all 62 living Hall of Famers plus about 20 other broadcasters and writers, I am afraid that he will find very little support from that group also.

I believe that the fact that he cannot put on a uniform, coach, manage or tell a story hurts him more than attaining the Hall of Fame.

BATTING HELMET

I get many emails and whenever I do speaking engagements almost every question is: Why did I have a short brim? I think I was the only player that wore Brooksswingthe short brim in the Majors and I never realized it got that much attention until I left the game. But back in the early ?70s, the Commissioner?s Office made it mandatory for anyone coming into the big leagues to wear a flap on your hat. If you were already in Major League Baseball you had a choice whether to do that or not. Of course, I wanted to wear the flap because it gave me more protection. I had been hit 3 or 4 times in the head and so the more protection, the better for me. When I got the helmet with the flap and put it on, it seemed like the bill was a little longer than my normal hat. The flap was a little longer and consequently when I went up to hit I could see the brim and part of the flap. It made me lose my concentration. I took care of it by taking a hacksaw blade and cut off about 1 inches off the brim and about off the flap. That?s how I got my short brim.

BRUCE SUTTER

SutterI was very happy to see Bruce Sutter get into the Hall of Fame. I have watched his climb up the ladder as far as attaining the 75-percent vote to get in. Certainly his qualifications meet all the standards when you talk about his impact on the game, his statistics, his longevity and what he brings to the game. Somehow I think there are a lot of relievers that have been lumped into one group. What do you do with a guy like a Goose Gossage or Lee Smith? It?s nice to see a guy like Sutter attain it because he was certainly one of the premier relievers of his era. I?m happy to see him attain the Hall of Fame.

WHAT I?M UP TO

This week I?m at the Orioles Fantasy Camp. I?ve done the camp since I?ve retired in the ?70s. I have a lot of fun putting on the uniform and trying a little baseball.

Also, on Feb. 18, I?ll be in Southern Maryland. Peter Kirk?s group, Maryland Baseball, is behind building a stadium in that area and certainly Southern Maryland is going to be a great area for baseball. There are a lot of people there and great baseball fans. I?ve been to several of their meetings and they are very enthusiastic fans down there. Whether it ends up being Independent Baseball or Minor League Baseball, I?m sure it?s going to be a success. They?re having their FanFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I?ll be there with my good friend Ron Hansen, who was Rookie of the Year when he played with the Orioles. A number of other players will be there also. You can check out their website for more details.

You can find out more about my appearance schedule and look for memorabilia and more by going to my official site at brooksrobinson.com.

6 Comments

Hi, Brooks,

I saw Ellie Hendricks up close last August when the Orioles played the A’s at the Coliseum. He looked great then. Hard to believe he was gone less than 6 months later.

I recently saw the Baseball As America exhibit during its stay in Oakland. One of the items on display was your glove from the ’70 Series. My reaction to it was that it seemed small. Do third basemen use larger gloves now than they did then?

Kellia

Oakland, CA

Brooks,

Minnie Minoso was not voted into the Hall of Fame in the special election of black players. He was an American League contemporary of yours. Any take on him?

It’s about 18 hours before the veterans committee fails to recognize anyone again.

Why is this such a joke? Are the old guys too senile to return ballots? Do Ruth and Cobb still get ballots?

Are baseball players too dumb to read the ballots without their agents?

Santo – Kaat – Hodges. C’mon fix this thing. Who is holding this up? Get me their info – I’ll call these guys.

Ron Santo 342 HR 362 OBP

Brooks Robinson 268 HR 322 OBP

Mr. Robinson:

Thanks so much for responding to my comment. Sorry that I’ve been so busy the past several years in the Army to have noticed your response to me.

I do want to add this about a very nice Hall of Famer. I was at Subway Sandwich’s in Aberdeen Maryland back in April/May of 1980, and I approached this Hall of Famer for an autograph. You, Sir, were the kind gentleman, and you gave me an autographed picture of yourself.

You even asked me if I was “Boog’s kid.” Now…I was really honored – to be asked if I was the son of Boog Powell.

Sir, your kindness meant a lot to me that day. I am a lifelong Reds fan, especially of the great Big Red Machine, as well as Pete Rose. I was following Rose with the Phillies, as he’d be the sparkplug of the 1980 World Champions that year.

I had always admired your play in the 1970s, even against the Reds when you earned MVP of the 1970 World Series in defeating the Reds, 4 games to 1. Still, I became a HUGE Brooks Robinson fan that Spring Day in 1980 – practically 29 years ago.

Here’s wishing you the best of health and God’s Blessings in 2009.

Take care – and feel free to send me another autographed photo. :-)

Very Respectfully,

JOHN C. CAREY
CHAPLAIN (CAPTAIN)
U.S. ARMY
2-10 INFANTRY BATTALION

Sir…sorry for repeating my story about 1980 a bit, but I’ll NEVER forget your Kindness. I do wish that Mr. Rose showed half that much kindness to his fans. You, sir are a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word.

V/R,

JOHN C. CAREY
CHAPLAIN (CAPTAIN)
U.S. ARMY
2-10 INFANTRY BATTALION

The real story concering the Baseball Hall of Fame.
http://baseballhofdebate.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-hall-of-fame.html

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