Since Orioles great Brooks Robinson was hospitalized with an infection and fever last week, has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails wishing him well.
Robinson remains hospitalized at GBMC, spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said. He declined to discuss Robinson's condition. He was rushed to GBMC last Wednesday with a fever, a day before he was due for a scheduled procedure there.
Robinson, 73, was diagnosed with an infection and underwent surgery and antibiotic treatment, which was successful. Robinson, who had surgery in 2010 to treat prostate cancer, said in a statement last week that he remains cancer-free.
The hospital set up a over the weekend, and since then, according to Schwartzberg, they've received more than 350 responses since Friday.
"It gave me goose bumps yesterday reading through them," Schwartzberg said. "It's clear Brooks is loved, revered and cherished."
One binder full of the e-mails has been hand-delivered to Robinson. Another will be delivered today or tomorrow. Though Schwartzberg said he hasn't spoken to Robinson's family directly, he said he has heard Robinson "was very pleased to hear from his fans."
On Wednesday, the hospital released some of the notes. Many of them include personal messages to the hall of fame third baseman. Some shared personal stories of having met Robinson when they were young. Some include personal invitations, like lunches or Orioles tickets. Most are just appreciations of a man who, to a generation, represents Orioles Magic.
"Nobody ever did it better than you," one fan wrote. "You inspired my love of baseball and the Orioles. You are a true gentleman and a class act. I wish you a speedy recovery."
One Baltimore native in Australia sent a message from his iPhone. A husband and wife sent a note from their seats at the Orioles season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. One fan sent in a book report he wrote about Robinson for a high school English class in 1971. The report earned an A grade.
"You've continued to inspire and to remind us that not so very long ago, there truly were sports heroes: people young children like my son could idolize while parents like me could feel confident that my son's hero was the kind of man who would never disappoint him," one father wrote.
Several fellow cancer survivors also wrote in, citing Robinson's perseverance as an inspiration.
The hospital is still accepting emails for Robinson. They can be sent to email@example.com.