Monthly Archives: July 2010

Orioles History: Baltimore’s Earliest All-Stars

“Paul Richards admits his last-place Orioles aren’t much of a ball club but he insists he has one of the best pitchers in the league in Jim Wilson, a shop-worn veteran who got a ‘bum’s rush’ in Milwaukee.” It took … Continue reading

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Baltimore had its own Bob Sheppard in the legendary Rex Barney

Fans in attendance at the 81st MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday  in Anaheim along with millions of viewers at home will hear the recorded voice of Bob Sheppard, the longtime Yankees’ public address announcer who died on Sunday, introduce Derek … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Ripken homer carries AL to ’91 All-Star Victory

Something – ahem – makes me feel like writing about a hometown hero who stuck with the same team throughout his entire career. So today’s Flashback Friday looks at the 1991 All Star Game, played 19 years ago on the … Continue reading

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Summer Reading – "High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time"

If publishing a book is akin to hitting a baseball in its reliance on timing, Tim Wendel has gone yard with “High Heat: The Secret History of the Fastball and the Improbable Search for the Fastest Pitcher of All Time.” … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: What really happened between Juan Samuel & the Bird?

While boxing playfully with the Bird before an Aug. 6 game, Samuel accidentally knocked the mascot’s head off. The Tigers then won to break a nine-game losing streak. On Thursday I provided details of past attacks on Baltimore’s beloved Oriole … Continue reading

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Apparently the Orioles didn’t do a background check on Juan Samuel

Philadelphia fans can’t catch a break in terms of public perception. Lots of incidents come to mind; in Baltimore the most egregious offense involved a Philadelphia resident pushing the Oriole Bird off the outfield wall at Camden Yards in 1999 … Continue reading

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