Happy 82nd birthday to Brooks Robinson, the greatest Oriole ever! When I was a kid my Dad was stationed at Fort Meade Maryland so naturally the Orioles were my team. And just as naturally Brooks Robinson was my favorite player. Every year my family would send Brooks a box of cookies on his birthday. This continued after my Dad got orders for overseas and we were stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Years later, long after Brooks retired, I was living in Raleigh, NC when Brooks made an appearance at a Durham Bulls games to sign autographs. Of course I went to the game and stood in line to get his autograph (no charge). When it was my turn to meet him I stammered through my story about my family sending him cookies and, of course, he was every bit as nice as I imagined he would be. While I'm sure he received tons of things in the mail he told me he remembered getting them how much he appreciated them. He shook my hand and told me to be sure to thank my Mom and Dad for the cookies. What an amazing player and what a great human being. Thanks for all the memories Brooks!