Synopses & 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 baseballs most transcendent and revered players. He won a record sixteen straight Gold Gloves at third base, led one of the best teams of the era, and is often cited as the greatest fielder in baseball history. Credited with almost single-handedly winning the 1970 World Series, this MVP was immortalized in a Normal Rockwell painting. A wholesome player and role model, Brooks honored the game of baseball not only with his play but with his class and character off the field.
Author of The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, Doug Wilson returns to baseballs Golden Age to detail the birth of a new franchise through the man who came to symbolize it as one of baseballs most beloved players. Through numerous interviews with people from every part of the legendary player's life, Wilson reveals never-before-reported information to illuminate Brooks's remarkable skill and warm personality.
Brooks takes readers back to an era when players fought for low-paying yearly contracts, spanning the turbulent 60s and 70s and into the dawning of the free agent era. He was elected to the MLB All-Century Team and as president of the MLB Players Alumni, Brooks continues to influence todays baseball players.
In the current climate of astronomic salaries, steroids, off-field troubles, and heroes who let down their fans, Brooks reminds baseball fans of the honor and glory at the heart of Americas favorite pastime.
"Many consider Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles the best third-baseman in baseball history a Hall of Famer whose well-honed defensive mastery, highlighted by his fielding gems in 1970 World Series, was so consistent teammates regarded it as routine. Robinson is also remembered as one of baseball's truly good guys, someone who was beloved by everyone he met. Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych) nimbly avoids the blandness trap of having a saintly subject by verifying Robinson's goodness from a wide range of sources ex-teammates, Orioles fans, business partners and placing Robinson's benevolence within the framework of a simpler time. Players once lived in the cities they played in, chatting with their neighbor-fans. Attending banquets was a significant part of the offseason as well as a source of supplemental income. Before free agency, a town could actually bond with a player. In fact, Robinson, who did not participate in the book, still calls Baltimore home. In the end, this is a nice tribute to a bygone era of baseball and one of its classiest representatives. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
DOUG WILSON is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych and Fred Hutchinson and the 1964 Cincinnati Reds. An ophthalmologist by day, Wilson has been a life-long baseball fanatic. He played baseball through college; however, his grade point average was higher than his batting average and he was forced to go to medical school to make a living. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and live in Columbus, Indiana.