O’s Great Brooks Robinson Recovering After Infection

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Orioles great Brooks Robinson is recovering in a hospital in Towson after he developed an infection.

Mike Schuh has more.

Robinson was scheduled to undergo an outpatient procedure Thursday. But on Wednesday night, he started to feel sick.

The 73-year-old baseball icon released this statement:

“Thank you for your outpouring of concern. I was originally scheduled for a routine outpatient procedure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Thursday, March 31, 2011. The evening before surgery, I developed a fever and infection. My doctors chose to admit me to aggressively treat the infection and I am responding well to antibiotics.”

On Friday, Robinson released another statement.

“I had a successful procedure yesterday to relieve the symptoms of the infection,” Robinson said, according to the news release. “The doctors are optimistic that the inflammation and infection will be completely cleared by the end of the weekend and they can move forward with my originally scheduled routine procedure early next week.”

“Anytime you say cancer it scares you to death,” Robinson said in the 2009 interview. “And it scared me to death, too.”

In the statement he released Thursday night, Robinson said he is  now cancer-free. He underwent abdominal surgery last year.

Robinson is a legend and an icon not only in Baltimore, but in the world of baseball, holding nearly a dozen league records.

He spent his entire 22-year career with the Orioles and is considered one of the best to ever play the game.

In a previous interview, Robinson talked to WJZ about how baseball influenced his life.

Denise Koch: “Did anything that you learned in those years help you through this?”

Robinson: “Just keeping a positive attitude. In baseball you play 162 games; some games you’re going to do well, other games you’re not, but you just gotta keep going.  . . . I’ve been a pretty positive guy my whole life, and I just think that the best days are ahead.”

Robinson has asked for privacy. He says he looks forward to a full recovery and thanked everyone for their prayers.

Robinson played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1955-77 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983.

An email account has been set up so people can send “get well wishes” that will be forwarded to the Robinson family. Send your message to getwell@gbmc.org.

WJZ will continue to monitor Robinson’s condition and bring you any updates as needed.

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  • susan

    Get well soon Brooks.

    • Robert Ardinger

      I along with Brooks and Johnny U were honored at a MD Sports Busters’ Dinner. I was the first MDer to be selected to the US Wheelchair Basketball Team in the Olympic Games in England, the Gold Cup Team in Europe and Pan American Team in Mexiclo. Now only me and my friends think I am in the same league as these tow giants… but right after the dinner was finished it was Brooks who came up to me and told how proud of me he was and wanted to know more about WC sports. I never felt more honor. Get Well Brooks

    • J-Mal Bigumms

      Ok susan i see you

    • Kim

      Mr. Robinson

      I wish you a speedy recovery. When you first started your baseball career you lived next door to my grandmother , a single parent, Elizabeth Miller with Chuck Astrada and a few other rookies. My grandmother passed before I was born and my mom used to tell me stories how you would cut my grandmother’s lawn on Chestnut St. Thank you for being so kind to her and my kind words and speedy recovery to you

  • Jack

    get well soon brooks

  • Mike Z

    Brooks has been a good friend for 37 years and even helped me get my job with the Orioles in 1975. There’s nobody like Brooks. Our prayers are with Brooks, Connie and his kids.

  • Doug

    I’m 52.
    So you can just imagine how magical he was
    to me,as a young lad.
    What an arm.
    What a smart player.
    What a gentleman.
    A true sportsman.
    Get well,Brooks.

  • Betty L. Stiegler

    Thinking GOOD thoughts for you & your family .You are a “TRUE HERO” !!!

  • Mr Musso

    An Icon and not just a Baltimore icon. Get well Mr Robinson!

  • drbunky

    Get well Brooks , You are a Baltimore legend

  • Charlene

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have always been a class act, on and off the field. Get well soon.

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  • Joe W

    What a ballplayer should be both on and off the field. Todays players could learn a lot. Always a pro and a gentleman.

    Get well soon Brooks

  • Jeff J

    Get Well Fivie

  • The Bub

    My son is named after him. Just the best, ever. Get back in the saddle soon, Brooksie.

  • Mary

    My husband, son and I met him years ago and he posed in a photo with us. He is so down to earth and I will always remember his kindness. I still have that picture. It is priceless…..I look at that picture and am thankful that he spent time with us. Brooks we are praying for you and that your recovery is a speedy one.

  • pigeon

    Wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

  • pamommom

    Get well soon, Brooks!! Everyone loves you!!!

  • Desiree Bowman

    Get Well wishes & prayers for you Brooks. I was just telling my daughter about you, and what a kind, friendly genuine good hearted person you are. I loved watching you play. You are my favorite baseball player of all time and when I met you years ago, it was a dream come true. I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. God Bless!

  • Ed Schoberl

    You’ve given me the childhood memories that every child should have and more. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. And may God bless your soul !!!

  • Ellie Mooneyham

    Get well Brooks. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • rich Kelly

    Top notch all the way. Thanks for belonging to Baltimore Brooks.

  • David

    Theres no other like him. What a MAN to look up to. Here in Baltimore you talk Johnny U and Brooks. Johnny U had a little rough exterior but when it came to Brooks, your never going to meet a nicer human being and especially with the stature that he is in this city. Brooks we love you and hope you get better soon…you will always be my favorite player of all time because I couldn’t imagine anyone that could ever take your place!!!

  • LR

    Brooks you are more than a baseball icon. You are a baseball God.

  • Doc

    My boys and I used to watch you play from our seats at 3rd base. It was like watching a twn star gymnist and aballet dancer all rolled into one. Thanks for the thrills!
    Get well!

  • Lady Shirley

    Get well soon, Brooks. You were a great player & your ability to play the game with dignity & finesse is the stuff legends are made of. Hope your life is a long & healthy one.

  • Michele Elliott

    I remember the day I went to see him doing autographs at the Crown gas station. I just wish I still had that autograph…..He will always be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. You and Boog were my favorites!!!

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