The shamrock remains the premier symbol of the Irish people. Its powerful message stems from the legend of St. Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, who used the simple trefoil (or clover) plant to illustrate the presence of God in the natural world. Each leaf of the shamrock was meant to represent the holy trinity...the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Former Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken, Jr., from left, Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer stand in front of a statue of Brooks Robinson after it was unveiled before a baseball game between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)