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Flashback Fridays

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.

Paul Blair card

Oct. 4, 1969

Two 12th-inning bunts proved to be the difference in the playoff opener for the Earl Weaver-led Baltimore Orioles on this day in 1969.

Earl Weaver

Sept. 27, 2013

"But if the Red Sox do it, then I'll have to say 'dammit, they're a pretty good ballclub."

-Earl Weaver, Sept. 17, 1975 

Jim Palmer Card

July 5, 2013

The Orioles sent only one player to the All-Star Game for six straight seasons from 2006 through 2011 and for 10 of 11 seasons from 2001 through 2011. Thanks to improved play on the field and the Vote Orange campaign, that won't be a problem - or even close to it - in 2013. It's starting to feel like the early '70s.

Al Bumbry Card

May 24, 2013

The Orioles currently rank first in the American League in stolen bases with 37. As MASN's Steve Melewski notes: "Last season they stole 58 bases all year to rank last in the American League. This season they have 37 stolen bases and that ranks first in the AL. At this pace the Orioles would steal 127 bases to more than double last year's total."