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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — Major League Baseball, and the rest of the world, lost a good man yesterday when Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame 3B Brooks Robinson passed away. The Washington Post put it best when it said that “his moral compass was as splendid as his glove.” Aside from his magnetic glove, Robinson was known for his empathy. It was learned that in 1976, he went broke. He hadn’t been tough enough in running his sporting goods store in Baltimore. He had kept too many nice folks — youth teams and such — on the cuff for too long. After the story broke, Robinson was swamped with mail – which often included $5 or $10 in an envelope from Orioles fans. One check was for $10,000. Brooks sent every dollar back and paid for the postage. That tells you exactly the kind of man Brooks Robinson was. RIP Brooks.

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