Oh, and it’s none other than the greatest third baseman of all time, Brooks Robinson! You know, he of the 16 straight Gold Glove awards and 18 All-Star selections. Mr. Robinson’s accolades stretch much longer, and include a pair of World Series championships (’66 and ’70), the ’64 AL MVP award, the ’70 World Series MVP award, and first-ballot HOF election in 1983. I had seen some recent successes with donations smaller than his usual fee (which I think was $60), so I tossed a card and ten bucks cash into an envelope and crossed my fingers. Getting this one back was a thrill, getting it back in just six days was extremely surprising.
Not only that, but Brooks actually took the time to (briefly) answer a few of the questions I posed to him.
Q: Do you have a favorite memory from your career?
A: 1966 World Series
Q: Who were some of your contemporaries who most impressed you? Are there any you think are underrated in baseball history?
A: Paul Blair
Q: Who are some of your favorite players to watch today and why?
A: Manny Machado, his offense and defense.
And finally, my favorite response of all time
Q: What did you enjoy most about the game of baseball?
A: It was my 1st love.
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there! Because not only did I land a fantastic and extremely satisfying success from arguably the greatest player at his position in baseball history, but he added an extra card! And not just any card at that, have a look for yourself: