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Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson

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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Finalist for the 2014 Casey Award!

Selected by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the 2014 author's series

Brooks Robinson is one of baseball’s most transcendent and revered players. He won a recordsixteen straight Gold Gloves at third base, led one of the best teams of the era, and isoften citedas the greatest fielder in baseball history. Credited with almost single-han
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Tillie
Growing up in Baltimore during the "glory days" of Orioles baseball I was drawn to this book. Brooks was one of my favorite Orioles growing up, so I was anxious to read this biography. I was glad that it wasn't an authorized one because it came from a non-biased person. It truly chronicled his life using the facts and quotes from others. If Brooks had been involved in the writing of this book, I think he would have downplayed much of his well deserved accolades because that's the kind of person ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Really the only thing preventing this book from 5 stars is the subject's complete absence of controversy and conflict. Everything else is as compelling in a positive light as any human could be. If you love good baseball and good stories about a good person, here is a good place to start; but be forewarned it may spoil subsequent reading about less admirable ballplayers. The game of baseball has proven to be is common ground for the best and worst of human behavior and values; Robinson shows us ...more
Jayw
Apr 27, 2014 Jayw added it
Nicest guy in the history of professional baseball just happens to be the best ever 3rd baseman too.
victor harris
A well-deserved tribute to one of the class players in all of sports. The author did border on the monotonous at times as he kept repeating how teammates, fans, and even rivals had immense respect for Robinson. He clearly was worthy of the adulation but the reader didn't need to be reminded of it on virtually every other page.
Harold Kasselman


In his introduction, Doug Wilson tells readers that he deliberately did not interview Brooks Robinson lest the legend's charm would taint his objectivity. "I did not set out to blindly apply another coat of polish to the statue of a legend. In fact{ } I wanted to find out if the legend was indeed fact." One cannot come away from this biography without a clear understanding that the author came away with reverence for his subject. And why not? As Tom Hanks says in the movie Sleepless in Seattle,
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Chris Dean
A little different than a typical athlete's biography - very comprehensive and will likely be considered the definitive work on Brooks' career and life. Gives more depth to the man beyond the 1970 World Series, and shows the type of human being he is. I enjoyed this book very much.
Kathleen
I just missed seeing baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson play, although, even if I'd been on top of baseball when I was slightly younger, I would've missed him at his prime. I'd seen a few of his plays on highlight reels, of course, but, to me, he's always been more of a mythical figure, an icon.

Doug Wilson's book gives a great overview of his life and what made him so special as a ballplayer as well as a person.

I'd also read Wilson's bio of Mark Fidrych, and the Brooks bio is similar. It's a
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Phil Hill
Excellent book on the best third baseman that ever played the game. However, his great records, world series, all-star team selection (15 consecutive years) are not what he will be best remembered for. His personality, friendliness, charisma, husband father and all around a super person is what really drew people to adore him. Sparky Anderson said it best, "I'm beginning to see Brooks in my sleep, if I dropped this paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first." A great read ...more
Greg Embert
Pretty much your straight up biograpny. A little dry but entertaining nevertheless.
Jeff Brookes
Poorly written and repetitive. Could've used a good editor. Lacks Brooks' voice and whitewashes any controversy, including ongoing rift with current Orioles brass.
Stu
A very rewarding biography about the best third baseman who ever lived.
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I have loved baseball since I was old enough to throw a rubber ball against the side of the house and pretend I was in the big leagues. I particularly have an interest in writing about baseball in the 1960s ande 1970s. I like to write about the good guys of the game--I'm tired of hearing about the scandals.
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