Diamond Anniversary: Orioles win their first extra-inning game
April 23, 2014
The Orioles suffered a forgettable 9-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. It seems like a good time then to reflect on a more memorable Baltimore baseball moment. Fittingly, this memory aligns with the 60th anniversary of the O's getting their start in Baltimore in 1954.
Happy anniversary, O's fans. On this day in 1954, the Orioles won their first extra-inning game. Both starting pitchers went 10 innings in the O's 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. By comparison, a total of 10 pitchers appeared in Tuesday night's game in Toronto.
O's pitcher Joe Coleman helped his own cause on April 23, 1954, with an RBI single in the 10th inning. Coleman's hit provided an insurance run following catcher Ray Murray's tie-breaking RBI double in the prior at-bat.
Coleman ended 1954, his only full season with the Orioles, with a 13-17 record. Nevertheless, he still finished 19th in MVP voting. It was the only season in his 10-year career that he received any MVP votes. Coleman compiled a 3.50 ERA in 1954. He posted complete games in nearly half his starts (15 of 32) and had four shutouts.
Teammate Bob Turley also had a losing record (14-15) in 1954 and finished 23rd in MVP voting in what was his only season in Baltimore. Turley led the league in strikeouts (185) and walks (181). He would go on to win the Cy Young with the New York Yankees in 1958.
The Orioles played 17 extra-inning games in 1954 and finished with a 6-11 record in those contests. The longest of those games was a 17-inning game against Boston that the Orioles won 8-7 on a walk-off ... fielder's choice.
Two starting pitchers who went 10 innings in the same game. Two O's starters who received MVP votes at the end of the season despite having losing records. Baseball looked quite a bit different in 1954 than it does today.