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Hall of Fame third basemen Brooks Robinson has died at age 86. No cause of death has been provided.
Brooks Calbert Robinson Jr. was born on May 18, 1937, in Little Rock, AR, to parents Brooks and Ethel. His father worked as a baker and a fireman while his mother worked for the local Sears. He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school, although baseball was always his favorite and best sport.
Robinson signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles shortly after graduating high school in 1955 and began his professional career in the Class B Piedmont League with the York PA team. The 18-year-old was called up to the big club at the end of the season playing in six games but hitting only .091 (2-22). He bounced between the minor leagues and the Orioles for the next couple of years before getting the starting 3B job for the Orioles in 1958, hitting .238 with just 3 HR in 145 games while playing a solid third base.