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Flashback Fridays

1954 Orioles Opening Day Program

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.

Mike Cuellar Card

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?

1997 Orioles All Stars

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."

Gus Triandos Card

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).

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.