Watch Brooks Robinson make his famous backhanded play in the 1970 World Series
You know what would be great to have fielding baseballs at third base? A vacuum cleaner.
Well, from 1955-77, the Orioles had the second-best thing: Brooks Robinson. Robinson, nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner," is celebrating his 78th birthday on Monday. The Arkansas native won 16 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1960-75 (second-most ever behind Greg Maddux), has the fourth-highest fielding percentage of all-time among third baseman and boasts a career dWAR of 38.8 -- third among all defenders who have ever played the game.
And on his big day, we wanted to remember his iconic backhanded stab and off-balance throw in Game 1 of the 1970 World Series:
Robinson also slashed at a .429/.429/.810 rate, hit two homers, tallied six RBIs and broke a five-game Series record with 17 total bases. The O's won that year's Fall Classic against the Reds and their Hall of Fame third baseman was named the MVP.