A nice companion piece to the previous handwritten letter from George Kell, this photo depicts and is autographed by the pair of Hall of Fame third basemen.
Though they were teammates for two years in Baltimore, Kell is shown in his more familiar Detroit Tiger uniform representing the team for which he played seven years. The shot was likely taken at an Old Timers game.
Brooks is widely considered the greatest fielder at his position. Known as “The Human Vacuum Cleaner”, Robinson starred in the 1970 World Series. In that Fall Classic he made many memorable – and seemingly impossible – defensive plays at the hot corner.
Many fans forget that the ’70 World Series was also the first to be played on artificial turf. The first two games were played at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
Always stellar with the glove, Brooks also hit .429 with two homers and six RBI in the five-game tilt. For his efforts he was name the Series MVP.
The third baseman was an 18-time All Star and winner of 16 straight Gold Glove Awards. His finest offensive season came in 1964 when he led the AL in RBI and was the league MVP.
Two years later he was the All Star MVP despite his AL club taking the loss.