On June 20, 1970, future Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles collects the 2,000th hit of his career- a 3-run homer off Washington’s Joe Coleman in the 5th inning. The drive snaps a 2 – 2 tie, and the Orioles hang on for a 5 – 4 victory.
Robinson’s prowess at third base earned Brooks Robinson 16 Gold Glove Awards, the 1970 World Series Most Valuable Player trophy and the nickname “The Human Vacuum Cleaner.”
But Robinson’s ability with the lumber sometimes gets lost in those laurels. “I had some talent,” Robinson said. “But it was my desire that made the difference.”