by Max Brantley
Little Rock native Brooks Robinson, the Hall of Fame third baseman, is going to be memorialized at Baltimore's Camden Yards ballpark by a $500,000 larger-than-life-sized bronze statue.
Baltimore businessman Henry A. Rosenberg told the commission that he heads a group that has been working for several years to erect a statue to honor Robinson, who played for the Orioles from 1955 to 1977 and won 16 Gold Gloves during his Hall of Fame career.
"It's something that has to be done," said Rosenberg, chairman of Rosemore Inc. and former chairman of Crown Central Petroleum, for which Robinson was a longtime spokesman. "Brooks Robinson is 'Mr. Baseball,' 'Mr. Baltimore,' 'Mr. Orioles,' just like Johnny Unitas represents the Colts. We've been working on this for three to five years, and we've finally come up with a location. It's absolutely the right thing to do."