Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is the only individual big leaguer Norman Rockwell ever painted. Robinson liked the paiting so much he bought it recently and spent time signing prints in Baltimore.
It’s a piece of Americana. Norman Rockwell’s painting of Brooks Robinson signing an autograph for a young fan is well known among long-time Orioles fans and collectors.
Completed in 1971, the work is one of the more well-known pieces of modern baseball art and Rockwell even painted himself into the scene.
But there may be no bigger fan of the piece than Brooks himself. When the original was put into a Sotheby’s auction, Robinson’s wife went over an above a pre-set limit to win it. Rights secured, Robinson now has control over the lithographs that are distributed.