June 2006

Minnie, a Rockwell and a big game

Minnie1951MINNIE MINOSO

Sorry I haven?t blogged in a while.  I was traveling quite a bit.  I did receive a question about why Minnie Minoso wasn?t chosen for the Hall of Fame this year.

I love Minnie Minoso. Minnie has been one of my favorite people. I see him about two or three times a year, usually at Legends Games or sports banquets. He is always looking great and doing great, just as in that 1951 picture to the right here. He was one terrific player. I think the reason he wasn?t voted in during the special election was the fact that he spent many years in the major leagues and has not been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame through the regular process. 

The African American players being inducted this year played primarily in the Negro leagues and would have never had the chance to being inducted into the HOF through the normal channels.

WHAT I?VE BEEN UP TO

It was a very exciting week back here in Baltimore. I own the original Norman Rockwell print of ?Gee, Thanks Brooks.? My wife Connie and I are loaning this wonderful piece of artwork to the Geethanksbrooks
Maryland Science Center for a great exhibit: Rockwell?s America. The exhibit features many of the original Saturday Evening Post covers and other works of Norman Rockwell. The exhibit is interactive so you can sit in a WWII Jeep or at the soda counter that was reconstructed from an original cover. The Becker Group put together this traveling exhibit. I was there for the opening in Nashville. It went to Indianapolis and now it is in my adopted hometown of Baltimore. I?ll be there throughout the summer. You can always check my website at brooksrobinson.com to see when I?ll be there. 

BROOKS ROBINSON ALL-STAR GAME

I?m heading to a press conference today to announce the Maryland High School Seniors who will participate in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game. Many of the seniors who participate in this game go oTexieranto major league careers. In the past few years Mark Teixeira (Rangers), Gavin Floyd (Phillies) and Mike O’Connor (Nationals) have all made it to the big leagues.

As always, please feel free to leave your comments and questions below.

Brooks