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Cab Calloway's Baseball Team

Nov. 17, 2015

During the World Series, the New York Times searched for connections between the cities of New York and Kansas City and found one in jazz. Not only were many jazz musicians of the swing era baseball fans, they also had their own teams. As it turns out, Baltimore's Cab Calloway was in on the action and fielded one of the best outfits around.  

Mussina Baseball Card

Nov. 10, 2014

The release of the 2016 Hall of Fame ballot on Monday brings to mind two thoughts for me: 1. Mike Mussina deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and 2. He should be wearing an Orioles cap on his plaque.

Norm Siebern Card

Nov. 4, 2015

Former Orioles first baseman Norm Siebern died on Friday. Siebern played 12 seasons in the majors for six different ball clubs in the late '50s and the '60s. The New York Yankees and Kansas City Athletics are the teams most commonly associated with Siebern; however, Siebern's two seasons in Baltimore should not be overlooked.

Boog Powell card

Oct. 23, 2015

With their 11-8 ALCS loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, the Kansas City Royals fell one game shy of tying the Baltimore Orioles for the most consecutive league championship victories at 10. The Orioles swept the best-of-five ALCS from 1969 through 1971 and added a Game 1 victory in the 1973 ALCS. 

The Warehouse from Left Field

Oct. 1, 2015

The recently departed Yogi Berra famously said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." Over comes even later in the baseball season these days thanks to the addition of baseball's second wild card in 2012. For the Orioles, later was Monday, when the Baltimore Sun's headline included these appropriate words: "postseason dreams officially over."

Chris Davis

Sept. 24, 2015

I'm assuming that Chris Davis will not be wearing an Orioles uniform next season. Given that assumption, I've started considering how Davis might be remembered by O's fans.

I prefer not to use terms like legacy while a player is still active, so consider this one writer's ruminations about the impression that a history making slugger has left on the faithful. 

Pete Ward

Aug. 28, 2015

I've spent several weeks at home in Baltimore this summer. During my stay with family, I unearthed an old baseball mitt from a closet that carries the autograph of one Pete Ward. Actually, my son discovered the glove. Most often he pretends he's Chris Davis. Manny Machado is probably second. J.J. Hardy also makes an occasional appearance in his young baseball imagination. No Pete Ward. 

J.J. Hardy (Sarasota 2014)

Aug. 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, J.J. Hardy. We've seen a few stories this season about players homering on their birthday.

Alex Rodriguez homered on his 40th birthday