Friday, June 13, 2014

no. 300 - brooks robinson

Who is the man: Brooks Robinson had solidified himself as a World Series legend the previous year, putting his defensive prowess on display against the Reds in the 1970 Fall Classic.

Can ya dig it: This is not a flattering photo of Robinson, especially after he hit .484 during the previous postseason.

Right on: That dot in the "I" in "Robinson" looks like a 12-year-old girl signed his name.

You see this cat Robinson is a bad mother: You'll see it in a minute, but anytime the back of you card mentions that you were the MVP of the previous year's World Series, that's bad ass.

Shut your mouth: An AP writer famously wrote: "Brooks never asked anyone to name a candy bar after him. In Baltimore, people name their children after him."

No one understands him but his woman: Robinson met his wife, Connie, an airline stewardess, on a team flight. Fifty years of marriage later, she's helped care for him through his various illnesses in the last few years.

(A word about the back): What the heck, let's harp on the typos again. There needs to be an "s" on the end of Assist in the write-up.


  1. One of my favorite cards of all time. Brooks was just coming off the Series of his life and getting this card in a pack back then was a thrill for me.

  2. This is one of the first Brooks Robinson cards I remember seeing or owning. It is one of the handful I think of when I think of this set.

  3. My mom met Brooks at a convention in the late 80's and has had a crush on him ever since. We even jokingly have a photo of the two of them from that meeting in our family collage. In a weird way, we think of Brooksie as a bizarre member of the family because of that.

  4. This is one of my favorite cards of Brooks. I'm sure he was just fouling off a pitch...

    You mentioned the dot on the "i". He still does that from time to time, but the signature used on his '71 card is a very early signature of Brooks.

    I'll end it by using another quote by Earl Weaver concerning Brooks, “He’s just the greatest third baseman in the history of baseball. That’s counting everybody.”