April 2006

Happy Anniversary to MLBlogs

Congratulations to the MLBlogs community and MLB.com. It’s been a year since my friend Tommy Lasorda first logged on to mlblogs.com and entered his first blog. I joined in shortly thereafter and it’s been a lot of fun. I enjoy interacting with the fans who post comments. This is my 22nd post and I hope you enjoy it, too.

GLOVES

Luke posted a comment that asked how the early Major Leaguers managed to field with the gloves that had no webbing.

As far as I can remember, in the 1940s and 1950s, gloves were not that good. There was no lace in the fingers to keep them together. The gloves in the ’60s were pretty good. My first glove was a Bob Dillinger glove. Bob played for the St. Louis Browns.

I remember I had my picture taken with Home Run Baker at Memorial Stadium in 1957. He brought along the glove he used. I told him that there was no way I could play with that glove. And don’t forget that the fields weren’t as good.

WHAT I’M UP TO

I’ve been pretty busy this spring. On April 22, I’ll be in Secaucus, N.J. for a signing for MAB Celebrity Shows (www.mabcelebrity.com). They’ll have a lot of Gold Glove winners at the show, including Jim Kaat, who also has 16 Gold Gloves. On April 25, I’ll be in York, Pa., for the Press Conference announcing the new minor league stadium in York. I’m very excited about this. The people in York have been waiting for a stadium for a long time and it has special meaning to me since I started my professional career playing for the York White Roses. I’m a part of Keystone Baseball and we’ll own the minor league team that plays in the new stadium. Keystone Baseball also owns the minor league team that plays in Lancaster, Pa. The team in Lancaster has been a huge success. I’ll be at their Opening Night on April 28.

As always, you can check out my website at brooksrobinson.com for up-to-date information on upcoming appearances.

Game gloves

Glove_2People always ask me how often I changed gloves during my playing days. I switched gloves about every 2 1/2 years. Once I got a glove broken in, I used it until I couldn’t anymore. My game glove was used only during the game and not in practice. At practice, I would work on breaking in a new glove for the next time I needed to switch.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please leave your comments and questions right here, and visit my official site at brooksrobinson.com for much more!