Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal were elected to The Hall of Fame on this day in 1983.
Robinson broke into the majors with the Orioles in 1955. He played his last game in 1977. Along the way, he won 17 Gold Gloves for his work as a third baseman. He was a great clutch hitter, a very tough out when the game was on the line: .267 career average, 268 HR & 1,357 RBI, 2,484 hits in 2, 986 games. He hit .303 in the post season with 22 RBI in 39 games. Robinson was the 1964 AL MVP and 1970 World Series MVP.
Marichal pitched his first game in 1960 and played until 1975. He pitched primarily with the Giants but did finish his career with Boston. Marichal’s numbers were spectacular: 243 wins, 244 complete games, 52 shutouts, and a 2.89 ERA. He did not win the Cy Young Award in large part because he was competing with Koufax so many times.
Two of my favorite players!