On This Date In History: The Human Vacuum Cleaner Debuts


On September 17, 1955, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Brooks Robinson made his major league debut.  The Orioles were facing the Senators and pitcher Chuck Stobbs.  Robinson, batting sixth in the Orioles line up, came to bat for the first time in the bottom of the 2nd, flying out.  In the bottom of the fourth Robinson came to the plate again, this time singling to left field.  He flew out agin in the sixth, and in his final plate appearance of the day he singled and drove in pinch runer Dave Pope.  Overall he finished 2 for 4 with one RBI. 

Brooks only appeared in 6 games in 1955 and didn't become a full time major leaguer until 1958.  From then on, third base in Baltimore belonged to Brooks.


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