The Baltimore Orioles

By | Feb 11, 2010

Spring Training is just around the corner. My favorite team is the Baltimore Orioles. It’s been hard following them the past few years. In a word, they have been BAD. Although right now with the moves that the their General Manager, Andy MacPhail, has been making, I do think there is a bright future for a franchise that was once the envy of all baseball.

Many are aware that in 1954 the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and was renamed the Orioles. What many may not know is the St. Louis Browns began as part of the Western League in Milwaukee named the Brewers. When the American League was formed in 1901 the Milwaukee Brewers were one of those teams. They finished in last place and in 1902 moved to St. Louis where they took the name Browns, a name which had been used by the National League ball club from St. Louis until they adopted the name Cardinals.

In 1954 the Browns moved to Baltimore and took the name Orioles. In the first year in Baltimore they duplicated the same record as the 53 Browns, 54-100.

Since the 1880’s in one league or another there was a team from Baltimore called the Orioles. In 1882 the first Orioles franchise was part of the American Association and when the American Association folded in 1892 they joined the National League. In 1899 they were one of the teams eliminated by the National league only to arise again two years later in the American League. That team played in Baltimore 2 years before moving to New York in 1903. From 1903 to 1954 the Orioles played in a number of the minor leagues.

After a number of near pennants in the early 1960’s, the Orioles before the 1966 season made a trade that would prove to be the missing ingredient. They traded pitcher Milt Pappas and two other players to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Robinson. In ’66 Robinson won the triple crown as well as the MVP. With his MVP win he became became the first player to win the award in both leagues. The Orioles with Robinson along with 1965’s rookie of the year Curt Blefary, and other home grown O’s they won the pennant to play the favorite Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Orioles swept the series outscoring the Dodger 13-2 in the series.

As the Orioles, the franchise have won 8 Divisional titles, including 4 of the first 5, along with 1 Wild Card berth. They have won 7 pennants (1 in St. Louis in 1944 losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals), winning 3 World Series championships (1966, 1970, 1983). From the early 1960s until the mid ’80s they were one of the best clubs in baseball.


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