Autographs of Brooks and Frank Robinson as Orioles on Separate “Sporting News” Issues.
Lot 68. Autographs of Brooks and Frank Robinson as Orioles on Separate “Sporting News” Issues. Both issues are complete. Brooks and Frank Robinson were teammates in Baltimore from 1966-71. During these six seasons, they appeared in four World Series and emerged twice as World Champions. Brooks autographed the Aug. 1, 1983 “TSN” marking his Hall of Fame induction. The cover features the HoF Class of 1983 with depictions of him, Walter Alston, Juan Marichal and George Kell. His autograph on his image is mint 9 to gem mint 10. The publication shows a light horizontal fold, edge toning and a partially removed mailing label. Robinson’s Hall of Fame election came in his first year of eligibility with support on almost 92 percent of the ballots. In 23 MLB seasons (including four in which he played in 50 games or fewer), Robinson was an 18-time All-Star and a 16-time Gold Glove recipient. He was the A.L. RBI leader and MVP in 1964 and the World Series MVP. He is widely regarded as baseball’s best defensive third baseman. Frank Robinson placed a mint 9 blue Sharpie signature across his image on the cover of the complete July 20, 1987 issue, which has some edge foxing, and the mailing label has been removed. He shares the cover with a beauty pageant winner and bowler and a football photo. Frank Robinson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, the first year he was eligible. In 1975, he became baseball’s first black manager. His accomplishments also include 1956 N.L. Rookie of the Year, an All-Star 14 times, the only player to receive MVP honors in both the N.L. and A.L., the Triple Crown in 1966 and A.L. Manager of the Year in 1989. His leadership played an important role in the Orioles’ 1966-71 success. Robinson died in 2019. PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. Winning Bid $30.