Brooks Robinson can't believe this is the 25th year of the high school all-star baseball game that was renamed in his honor three years ago when he helped keep it alive.
All the seniors who will play in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game on June 25 at Camden Yards are glad he did.
The event started in 1982 as the Crown All-Star Game at the urging of the former Orioles great, but Crown dropped its sponsorship after the 2003 game.
"It sure does mean a lot to me, and I've had a lot of fun with this," said Robinson, who attended a news conference yesterday at Camden Yards to introduce the 30 players who will play in the game that will follow an Orioles-Washington Nationals game.
"I try to emphasize to the kids what a thrill it is to come play in a ballpark like this. And it's been a springboard for kids into colleges and even pro baseball."
High school seniors from the state's public and private schools were eligible to try out, then 15 players were chosen for the North and South squads.
"It's an honor to be asked to play in the game," said Catonsville's Neal Davis, one of eight Sun All-Metro players selected.
Davis, who has a scholarship to Virginia, was chosen by the Orioles in the 39th round of the draft this week.
"There are a lot of good players in the state of Maryland and it will be a great experience playing in Camden Yards. Meeting Brooks Robinson was amazing, an honor to shake his hand and get my jersey from him."
(Complete rosters at left in For The Record.)