Winning awards and setting records is nothing new for Baltimore's Brooks Robinson. Selected the Most Valuable Player in this year's All-Star Game (the first player ever chosen from the losing side), Robinson has been the American League All-Star third baseman for the past seven years and has an All-Star batting average of .391. His flawless fielding (he has led the league in fielding percentage five of the last six years) prompted Bill Veeck to say that "he is the greatest third baseman of all time, and that includes Pie Traynor." After the All-Star Game, Ron Santo of the Chicago Cubs, the National League third baseman, called Robinson "a human vacuum cleaner." Yet despite his great fielding skill Robinson is probably even more valuable as a hitter. His best year was 1964, when he led the league in RBIs (118), hit 28 home runs, batted .317 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the American League. At midseason this year he was hitting close to .300, was leading the major leagues in RBIs with 72 and was a key reason why the Orioles were threatening to run away with the pennant. Robinson's enormous popularity in the city of Baltimore has earned him the nickname Brooks McKeldin, a play on the name of Mayor Theodore McKeldin. One Baltimore newspaperman said, "Maybe Brooks really could become mayor." Opposing teams might even stuff the ballot box if it would get him out of the Oriole lineup.