Baseball HOF Induction Address
delivered 23 July 1962
"First of all, I want you
to know that this honor that was brought up on me here could not
have happened without the great work and the advice and guidance
that Iíve had from three of the most wonderful people that I know.
And if either of them werenít here today, I know that this day could
not be complete."
"But, theyíre all here and I just hope you donít
mind if I just pay a word of thanks and a tribute to my advisor and
a wonderful friend, a man who I considered a father, Mr. Branch
"And my mother, who taught me so much of the important things
early in life. I appreciate no end, my mother Mrs. Robinson."
lastly, ladies and gentlemen, my wife, who has been such a wonderful
inspiration to me -- and the person who has guided and advised me
throughout our entire marriage. I couldnít have been here today
without her help."
"And then I -- In
sitting down I must
thank the baseball writers. I never thought at all that I would have
this wonderful honor coming to me so early in my lifetime. And to
have the writers to elect me on the first time is a thrill that I
shall never forget. We have been up in cloud nine since the
election. I donít ever think Iíll come down."
Audio of Address