Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Orioles, earning 16 consecutive Gold Gloves and participating in 18 All-Star Games. He was the 1964 AL Most Valuable Player and was instrumental in Baltimore’s World Series wins. Robinson was particularly noted for his performance in the 1970 World Series against Cincinnati, where he not only excelled in fielding but also had a batting average of .429.
Beyond his on-field achievements, Robinson was admired for his character and sportsmanship. Fellow Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer described him as a “genuine person” who was “respectful and kind.” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred lauded Robinson as a “model of excellence, durability, loyalty, and winning baseball.”
Legacy and tributes
Robinson’s impact transcended the baseball field. He was an advocate for his fellow players and was involved with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. His work ethic and skill at third base have made him one of the most respected figures in baseball history. The Orioles honored him with a moment of silence before their game against the Washington Nationals, and fans gathered around his statue inside Camden Yards to pay their respects.
Robinson’s passing is a significant loss to the baseball community, and he leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations.