South Vietnam, November 1966: Five of the biggest names in baseball pay a visit to the 75th Advisory Group at My Tho during a tour of small U.S. outposts in Vietnam. From left to right are Joe Torre and Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves, Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins, Brooks Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles and former St. Louis Cardinals great Stan Musial.
Brooks Robinson, known as Mr. Oriole, died Sept. 26, 2023, at the age of 86. The 18-time All-Star, winner of 16 Gold Glove awards — still a record for position players — stayed with the Baltimore team his entire career from his start in 1955 to his retirement in 1977 and helped his team to two championships. But even more than his successes on the field, the legendary third baseman was remembered for his incredible kind and generous spirit in his adopted hometown. Or, as Meg Ryan’s character notes in the 1993 movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Everyone thinks Brooks Robinson is the greatest.”
Read the article on the 1966 visit here.