Baseball fans love MLB Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson, who many say was the greatest defensive third-baseman of all time. Brooks, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, is a popular motivational speaker and cancer speaker on the circuit today.
In 2009 Brooks announced during a luncheon for the American Cancer Society that he had undergone successful treatment for prostate cancer.
“It was diagnosed very early and I underwent 39 radiation treatments,” Robinson said during a downtown luncheon for the American Cancer Society. “I feel healthy and fine and I’m grateful that I was vigilant about my health.”
Robinson, 71 at that time, chose that luncheon which honored patrons of the American Cancer Society’s Patient Resource Navigation Program to reveal his illness publicly for the first time.
The resource program installs “navigators” at hospitals in the Baltimore area and around the country to help cancer patients through the difficult process of digesting their diagnosis and finding the help they need to navigate treatment. The program was founded by local philanthropist Stewart Greenebaum in conjunction with the American Cancer Society.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have an incredible wife (Connie) and family to support me,” Robinson told a group of about 40 ACS supporters, “the finances to get medical care and the good fortune to be in my adopted hometown of Baltimore, which boasts the best medical care you can get anywhere in the world. When you are diagnosed with cancer, your only focus should be on getting better. If you don’t know where to go for help, you can’t get it. If you don’t know what questions to ask, you can’t get the answers.”
If you’re looking for a sports speaker who can inspire and motivate audiences, look no further than Brooks Robinson. He is often regarded as the perfect motivational speaker because he appeals to so many audiences.
Robinson grew up to play third base for the Baltimore Orioles, and gained great notoriety for his fielding ability. Nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner”, he is considered to be the greatest defensive third-baseman of all time. Robinson won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career, tied with pitcher Jim Kaat for the second most all-time for any player at any position. He was also a productive hitter who in his best season offensively (1964) hit 28 home runs and led the league with 118 runs batted in.
In the 1970s, Robinson published his autobiography entitled “Third Base is My Home.” The book is notorious for the story about how he met his future wife. She was a flight attendant on an Orioles team flight, and he was so smitten with her, he kept ordering iced teas from her until he eventually ended up helping her in the galley.
In 1999, Robinson ranked Number 80 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
A longtime supporter of Scouting, Robinson served for many years on the executive board of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. On December 5, 2006 he was recognized for his accomplishments on and off of the field when he received the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. On May 16, 2007, Radio Tower Drive, a road in Pikesville, Maryland was renamed “Brooks Robinson Drive” in honor of Robinson’s 70th birthday.
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