August 3, 2011
THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES' GRACIOUS AND GRACEFUL BROOKS ROBINSON
By FRANK BARNING
During my 25 or so years in the baseball card hobby, I had the privilege of meeting hundreds of players, including a substantial number Hall of Famers. This photo of the Baltimore Orioles' Brooks Robinson and me was taken in 1990.
Vivian and I travelled the country while we covered the industry as owners of Baseball Hobby News from 1979-93. She remembers that "We were standing with Brooks once at a baseball card show. A young man came by with an infant and introduced Brooks to his namesake. After he left, Brooks told us, 'That's not the first time a complete stranger has told me of a child named after me. It always amazes me.'"
Many players were wonderful guests at card shows, and she and I agree that B. Robby and Duke Snider were the most gracious. So who were the least gracious? That's a story for another day.