For many, Brooks Robinson's most lasting achievement seems less the 16 Gold Gloves and two World Series titles he won as a player than the unshakable courtesy with which he won them. The O's legend displayed a rock-solid decency that seemed, somehow, as quintessentially American as the national pastime itself.
If Brooks Robinson didn't exist, in fact, it might have been necessary for Norman Rockwell to invent him.
If you go Rockwell's America: Celebrating the Art of Norman Rockwell will be on display at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., through January. For more information, visit mdsci.org or call 410-685-5225.