Brooks Robinson is more than simply one of the finest Baltimore Orioles of all time. He is regarded as one of the best baseball players of all time. Robinson was never well regarded for his attacking prowess, but he was no slouch either. Brooks hit sufficiently enough to hold the majority of the career offensive records until Cal Ripken Jr. came along. His lifetime batting average of.292 is 14 points higher than that of any other Oriole. Robinson also has the distinction of playing 2,632 games without ever hitting below.300.
He finished with three Gold Gloves and won two World Series with the Orioles. Robinson's exceptional knowledge of baseball enabled him to become one of the most valuable players in franchise history. He is the only O's player to have his number retired by the team.
Brooks Robinson played in 17 seasons for the Orioles, producing a cumulative batting average of.275 with 1,977 hits, 39 HRs and 313 RBIs. He won three Gold Glovers and two World Series titles with the O's.
He is the all-time leader in many offensive categories including hits (1,977), runs batted in (313), doubles (358), total bases (3,816) and extra-base hits (762).
Vern Stephens, the Browns' all-time home run leader, was a prodigious hitter in the 1940s, earning three All-Star selections and capturing the home run title in 1945. Willy Miranda was the club's initial shortstop when it relocated to Baltimore, and he was part of the club's most famous 17-player deal with the Yankees in 1954. Miranda later became one of baseball's best shortstops during the 1960s.
The Orioles have had their share of great shortstops as well. Gus Niarhos was an eight-time All-Star who led the league in putouts six times. Joe Inglett was another eight-time All-Star who won two Gold Gloves. Both men played for several years after World War II ended, but neither man was able to keep up with the power bats that were becoming common place in the league.
The last great Baltimore shortstop was Dave Cash. He spent nine seasons with the Orioles from 1969-77 and was an All-Star each year. After retiring as a player, Cash managed for four years and worked in the front office for one more season before being named the team's manager in 1990. He stayed with the job until 1997 when he was replaced by Terry Crowley. Cash finished his career with 2,923 hits, which ranks him seventh all-time among shortstops. He also hit 39 homers and drove in 100 runs during his career.
Jackson was one of eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox who were sentenced to life in prison for trying to rig the World Series. While he wasn't the only one with Hall of Fame credentials, Jackson was the best of the lot. His.356 lifetime batting average ranks third all-time. His.938 career winning percentage is second only to Joe DiMaggio's.996 mark.
In a career shortened by injuries, George Kell managed to hit.300 with 16 home runs and 102 RBIs in 1952. He won the American League MVP award that season when his team finished first in the league with a record of 92-70. In 2013, Kell was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A's owner Charles Steinberg once said of Jackson, "He was the greatest hitter that ever lived", which may be the highest accolade any White Sox player has received.
When the White Sox played their final game at Comiskey Park on October 2, 1992, they lost to the Cleveland Indians 9-8 in 10 innings. The last batter Jack McDowell retired was Jim Thome, who had just hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Jeff Reardon. Thome became the first player to hit a grand slam in his final at-bat of a major league game.
The Reds' top ten batters 1 Frank Robinson (1956–1955) Joe Morgan (1972–79) was the second. 3 Edd Roush (b. 1916–26, d. 1931) Joey Votto (no. 4) George Foster (1971–1981) Pete Rose, No. 6 (1963-78, 1984-86) Johnny Bench No. 7 (1967-83) Eric Davis (1984–91, 1996).