Syndicate content

Flashback Fridays

Brooks Robertson Card

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.

1954 Orioles Opening Day Program

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).

Bob Turley Card

May 9, 2014

The 1954 Cleveland Indians were good. Very good. The 1954 Baltimore Orioles were bad. Very bad. That's why the story of a regular season game on May 9, 1954, is worth telling during this Diamond Anniversary season and on this Flashback Friday.

Jay Heard, Baltimore's first black player

April 25, 2014

Thursday marked a significant milestone in this 60th anniversary season of the Orioles' arrival in Baltimore. Jehosie "Jay" Heard became the team's first black player when he took the mound in a relief role on April 24, 1954.

Harold Baines Orioles card

April 4, 2014

This week's Flashback Friday can take you back to the mid-'90s or really any time since then.

The topic? Opening Day designated hitters for the Orioles.

BJ Surhoff Card

March 7, 2014

Michael Reghi arrived in Baltimore one season too late. The man who made familiar, if not famous, the "touched off a bomb" home run call became the O's TV play-by-play guy starting in 1997; however, it was the 1996 Orioles who truly were a bomb squad.

This week's Flashback Friday remembers a team that featured heavy lumber distributed throughout the lineup.

Jimenez Signing

Feb. 21, 2014
[Photo credit: Norm Schimmel (copyright holder)]

The deal the Orioles made with free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez this week has been hailed as "monumental" and "historic," if only because the Orioles don't do this sort of thing very often.

Robert Machado Jersey

Jan. 17, 2014

Here's some good news for Baltimore fans looking to keep a certain young third baseman in town for the long haul: The Orioles can retain free agents named Machado. They've done it before.

Frank Zupo

Jan. 3, 2014

Happy New Year, Orioles fans. Did anyone else receive an Orioles desk calendar as a Christmas gift? If so, you've probably already seen the inspiration for this week's Flashback Friday post.

The O's desk calendar entry for Thursday featured the following trivia question: Who was the youngest player to appear in a game for the Orioles?

Answer: Catcher Frank Zupo made his big league debut on July 1, 1957 at 17 years and 305 days old.

That's only part of the story.