Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson — one of the greatest third basemen in MLB history — has passed away, the Baltimore Orioles announced Tuesday.
The O’s released a statement on the tragic news … saying, “We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Brooks Robinson. An integral part of our Orioles Family since 1955, he will continue to leave a lasting impact on our club, our community, and the sport of baseball.”
Robinson — who earned the nicknames “Mr. Hoover” and “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” as a result of his defensive playmaking abilities — spent his entire career in Baltimore from 1955-1977 … winning the World Series in 1966 and 1970, and being named the Most Valuable Player during his second championship.
Robinson had stellar longevity — he was an 18-time All-Star and 16-time Gold Glove winner and won the 1964 MVP.
While he turned heads on the field, he was also a force in the batter’s box — recording 2,848 hits, 268 homers and 1,357 RBI.
Robinson was a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame — he was inducted in his first year of eligibility in 1983, which had never happened before for a third baseman.
His No. 5 jersey was retired by the organization.
The legend remained close to the franchise over the years — the O’s honored him on the 45th anniversary of his retirement in 2022 … where he rode on the field and greeted fans before a game.