The Biography of Brooks Robinson

By Doug Wilson
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250033048, 340pp.)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

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Finalist for the 2014 Casey Award
Selected by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the 2014 author's series
Brooks Robinson is one of baseball's most transcendent and revered players. He won a record sixteen straight Gold Gloves at third base, led one of the best teams of the era, and is often cited as the greatest fielder in baseball history. Credited with almost single-handedly winning the 1970 World Series, this MVP was immortalized in a Normal Rockwell painting. A wholesome player and role model, Brooks honored the game of baseball not only with his play but with his class and character off the field.

Author of "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, "Doug Wilson returns to baseball's Golden Age to detail the birth of a new franchise through the man who came to symbolize it as one of baseball's most beloved players. Through numerous interviews with people from every part of the legendary player's life, Wilson reveals never-before-reported information to illuminate Brooks's remarkable skill and warm personality.

"Brooks "takes readers back to an era when players fought for low-paying yearly contracts, spanning the turbulent 60s and 70s and into the dawning of the free agent era. He was elected to the MLB All-Century Team and as president of the MLB Players Alumni, Brooks continues to influence today's baseball players.

In the current climate of astronomic salaries, steroids, off-field troubles, and heroes who let down their fans, "Brooks" reminds baseball fans of the honor and glory at the heart of America's favorite pastime.

About the Author
Ophthalmologist DOUG WILSON grew up memorizing the backs of baseball cards and dreaming of the big leagues. A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, he has written three previous baseball books. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and live in Columbus, Indiana. He still haunts the softball fields of Columbus, Indiana as a left-handed shortstop.

"I want to write about the good guys of the game of baseball--there is enough out there on the scandals, steroids and boorish behavior by players. I want to bring the good characters back to the forefront. I enjoy researching details and numbers to make sure everything is accurate, but my books are much more than just numbers. I like to write about the personalities of the players and what drives them. The best part of writing the books is interviewing the ex-players and listening to their stories."

Wilson is the author of "The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych "and "Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson".
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