Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson suffered a broken clavicle after falling about six to eight feet off the back of a stage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
The 74-year-old had been sitting on the elevated stage at a pre-event dinner for the Joe DiMaggio Legends Game on Friday night, the Palm Beach Post reported Saturday. There was a curtain at the back of the stage but no wall or support behind it.
"After all the interviews were done, he leaned back thinking there was a wall behind the curtain, but there was no wall," said Johnny Elias, a retired bullpen catcher for the Montreal Expos.
"He tumbled backwards and broke something. He could've broken his neck. One of my friends who is a doctor went behind there to treat him."
Paul Casanova, a 70-year-old former catcher with the Washington Senators and Atlanta Braves, fell earlier in the night in a separate incident, but Robinson's tumble was worse, witnesses said.
His exact condition was not cl...