Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson broke two bones in his rear shoulder area, including his clavicle, when he fell backward at least 6 feet from an elevated stage during a charity event Friday night in Hollywood, Fla., the Palm Beach Post reported.
Robinson, 74, was sitting at the top of a three-tiered stage as part of pre-game dinner festivities before Saturday's annual Joe DiMaggio Legends Game in Fort Lauderdale. Robinson apparently attempted to get up from his chair at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and leaned back against a curtain that had no railing or wall behind it.
"After all the interviews were done, he leaned back, thinking there was a wall behind the curtain, but there was no wall,'' Johnny Elias, a retired bullpen catcher for the Montreal Expos, told the Palm Beach Post. "He tumbled backwards and broke something. He could've broken his neck. He fell back about 6 to 8 feet. One of my friends who is a doctor went behind there to treat him.''
Robinson was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, according to multiple reports, but as of Saturday afternoon, there was no record of his being admitted to any South Florida hospital.
Robinson, the legendary Orioles third baseman who has battled various serious health issues in the past few years, including cancer, could not be reached for comment. He did not attend Saturday's game, however.
A spokesman for the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation told the Palm Beach Post that he understood Robinson "is doing fine."
Another former big leaguer, catcher Paul Casanova, also fell off the stage earlier Friday night but was not injured.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun