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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– An emotional day for the “Human Vacuum Cleaner,” Brooks Robinson. Saturday, he finally got to see something years in the making.
Adam May has more.
A statue honoring baseball legend Brooks Robinson was revealed to a cheering crowd and an emotional Mr. Oriole.
“How deeply grateful I am for this incredible statue,” he said. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you!”
Robinson played 23 seasons with Orioles, a record-breaking third baseman who hit 268 home runs.
“He was amazing,” one fan said.
“Not only on the field, but off the field, he’s been unbelievable,” John Gardner, another Robinson fan, said.
“Like every baseball fan in Baltimore, this man has a special place in my heart,” said actor Josh Charles from “The Good Wife.”
The bronze statue stands 9 feet tall, with a real gold glove in honor of Robinson’s 16 Golden Glove awards. Baltimore native Joseph Shepard created it.
“From year to year, a certain pose came up of Brooks at third base throwing the ball to first base,” Shepard explained. “That’s the one I choose to do the statue.”
After the fanfare, Robinson says he looks forward to taking in the honor privately.
“I’ll just come one day back myself, read everything,” Robinson said. “It will be nice. It’s wonderful. Thank you!”
The statue is right in front of Pickles, across the street from Camden Yards.