There was, Brooks Robinson said, no way to win this one. Not with his glove, and not with his bat.
"The big Eight-Oh has got me," the Orioles' Hall of Famer said.
Robinson turned 80 on Thursday, a milestone for the esteemed third baseman who led Baltimore to world championships in 1966 and 1970. The longest-tenured Oriole player of all time (23 years), he planned to embrace his birthday as he has his baseball achievements — with little fanfare.
"We'll probably go to dinner somewhere," he said from his home in Owings Mills. "Nothing special, really....