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Picking the Baltimore Orioles “Dream Team” 51

Posted on September 23, 2011 by Jeff Herbst

You can't have a Baltimore Orioles Dream Team without Brooks Robinson.

The Baltimore Orioles as a franchise has seen outstanding teams in the past, and several players who have been inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Oriole Way was proudly displayed by several players who did the city proud over the years.

We will take a look at some of those terrific Orioles’ players, and select a starting lineup for an all-time Orioles dream team.

Catcher: Chris Hoiles
This may just be the one position where the Baltimore Orioles have never been seriously blessed with great offensive talent. There have been some stellar defensive catchers through the years (Andy Etchebarren, Elrod Hendricks), but very few with the ability to produce consistent offense.

We give the nod to Chris Hoiles. In a ten-year career spent entirely with the Orioles, Hoiles hit 151 home runs with a .262 batting average, and was the anchor behind the plate for the Orioles during their last two playoff seasons in 1996-1997.

First Base: Boog Powell

For the first 14 seasons of his 17-year career, John Wesley “Boog” Powell represented the Baltimore Orioles with class and dignity, and provided an outstanding bat in the lineup. Powell was voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player award in 1970, and was a member of four All-Star teams.

Powell won two World Series during his time with the O’s (1966, 1970), and even today is still a revered figure in the Baltimore area. Read the rest of this entry →

Mike Flanagan: One of the Birds of Baltimore 33

Posted on August 26, 2011 by Dean Hybl

Mike Flanagan won 141 games pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.

As a lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles it was such sad news hearing that one of the long-time faces of the O’s, Mike Flanagan, passed away this week at the age of 59. It was even sadder hearing that his death was result of a suicide.

Regardless of the circumstance of his death, Flanagan will be fondly remembered by Oriole fans for his performance as a player, broadcaster and member of the local community.

From the 1960s through the mid-1980s the Orioles were the most consistently successful team in Major League Baseball thanks to a focus on building through the minor league system, pitching and defense. Known as the “Oriole Way”, this focus resulted in three World Championships, six World Series appearances and 18 straight winning seasons.

A seventh round draft pick of the Orioles in 1973, Flanagan epitomized the Orioles during their era of success. As a homegrown product, he made his major league debut in 1975 and moved into the starting rotation in 1977.

After a 15-10 record in 1977, Flanagan won 19 games and was named to the All-Star squad in 1978.

In 1979, Flanagan replaced Jim Palmer as the ace of the Orioles’ pitching staff and won the American League Cy Young Award with a 23-9 record and 3.08 ERA. Baltimore reached the World Series that season and Flanagan went 1-1 as the O’s lost in seven games. Read the rest of this entry →

Ten Reasons Baltimore Orioles Fans Still Can Be Thankful 31

Posted on November 25, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Oriole Park at Camden Yards is still the best baseball stadium in the majors.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is still the best baseball stadium in the majors.

Yes, the last dozen years have been particularly painful for Baltimore Orioles fans, but as we observe the Thanksgiving Holiday we still have much to be thankful for.

As an Orioles fan for 40 years, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 things I think Orioles fans can be thankful for. If you are a fan of the Orioles, I’d welcome hearing other things you think we should appreciate during this time of thankful reflection.

10. Buck Martinez - I don’t know what other Orioles fans think of Buck Martinez as a broadcaster of Baltimore games, but I hope they like and appreciate him. Personally, I think the world of him after he took 10 minutes out of his hectic schedule before a game between the Orioles and Rays in St. Petersburg this past summer to give me a personal interview. He did an amazing job giving me the rundown on the young players and key needs of the Orioles and didn’t care that I was writing for sports blogs instead of a major newspaper. For that I am most appreciative and thankful.
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Passion Of Baltimore Sports Fans 21

Posted on October 28, 2009 by Ryan Heller
The Passion Of The Baltimore Orioles
The Passion Of The Baltimore Orioles fans.

Throughout the city of Baltimore, you can see the passion on all the fans of the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, and all the other sports in Baltimore. Every step you make through the city when the Ravens are playing you hear screaming and yelling. It’s been a long time since you could hear the Baltimore sports fans yell about the Orioles, but soon you will. This is very good town when it comes to the passion of the sports fans.

Let’s start with the passion of the fans of the Baltimore Orioles. First of all the Orioles have not had a winning season in a really long time. If you are an Orioles fan you have to be a diehard fan, because of the losing in the past years. When the Orioles were playing winning baseball in the “Orioles Magic” era, all you could hear is about when the Orioles were playing and how they are doing. Even though there is not much to cheer about for the Orioles, in the coming years the Orioles should get back to their winning ways and bring back that passion of baseball to the city of  Baltimore. Read the rest of this entry →

Who is Baltimore’s Greatest Athlete of All-Time? 12

Posted on September 30, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Many consider Johnny Unitas to be the greatest athlete in Baltimore sports history.

Many consider Johnny Unitas to be the greatest athlete in Baltimore sports history.

Measuring greatness is always a tough challenge. While athletes grow in size, stature and athletic ability, does it mean the athletes of today are greater than those of 30 years ago and were those athletes better than the stars of the 1940s and 1950s?

Through the years, Baltimore has been blessed with many great stars.

From the 1950s through the 1980s, Memorial Stadium was home to some of the greatest athletes in Baltimore sports history. Then since the Orioles moved to Camden Yards and the ravens came to town, there have been more superstars to call the city home

But who is the greatest of the greats?
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Video is Worth a Thousand Words: Johnny Unitas 30

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Johnny Unitas was the best quarterback to ever play in Baltimore.

Johnny Unitas was the best quarterback to ever play in Baltimore.

In a new Baltimore Sports Then and Now regular feature, we are going to periodically scan YouTube and share some of the best videos and slideshows that highlight the best players and moments from the present and past in Baltimore sports.

Fittingly, our first featured athlete is the greatest quarterback in Baltimore sports history and arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time: Johnny Unitas.

So, kick back and enjoy some great memories of the special career of Johnny U.

Remembering Johnny Unitas

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