Sept. 12, 2014
As I've looked back on the 1954 Orioles during this 60th anniversary season, I've wondered what the team did well besides creating a sense of civic pride for a city that was thrilled to have a baseball team. Gary Thorne provided at least one answer earlier this week on the MASN broadcast: They were good at keeping Boston off the scoreboard.
Aug. 29, 2014
Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants established a new major league record on Thursday by retiring his 46th consecutive batter. That broke the old mark of 45 that belonged to Mark Buehrle.
I had two thoughts upon learning of the record: 1. Congratulations, Yusmeiro! and 2. What does this have to do with the Orioles?
Aug. 22, 2014
The Orioles left Atlanta and headed home to face Montreal with a nine-game lead on the second-place Yankees. John Eisenberg considered the series with the Expos a letdown after what he termed "a celestial series with the Braves."
Aug. 8, 2014 Caleb Joseph homered for the fourth consecutive game on Thursday, becoming the third Orioles catcher to do so, according to many news reports. Gus Triandos and Ramon Hernandez were said to be the others. This week's Flashback Friday looks at Triandos' efforts in 1959 when he became the O's first backstop with a quartet of consecutive home run games. Sort of. Triandos was a man of multiple power hitting firsts for the Orioles. He was the first O's player with 20 home runs (21 in 1956) as well as 30 home runs (30 in 1958).
June 27, 2014
Earlier this week, Adrian Beltre became the sixth major leaguer to reach 2,500 hits among those who have played the majority of their careers at third base. This week’s Flashback Friday looks at the Orioles’ representative on that esteemed list, Brooks Robinson.
June 20, 2014
The 53 home runs that Chris Davis hit in 2013 to establish a new single season Orioles record stand on their own without embellishment. But on this, the diamond anniversary of the Orioles' arrival in Baltimore, let's go ahead and add to the legend.
Davis hit more home runs last season than the entire 1954 Orioles team combined.
Final tally: Chris Davis - 53, 1954 Orioles - 52.
(Note: The 1955 Orioles got preemptive revenge on Davis by hitting one more home run than he did in 2013).