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Sports Memories: My First Visit to Camden Yards 3

Posted on August 05, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Talk about coincidence. Mike Mussina pitched 4-0 complete game shutouts against Detroit in the first and last games the author saw at Camden Yards.

Talk about coincidence. Mike Mussina pitched 4-0 complete game shutouts against Detroit in the first and last games the author saw at Camden Yards.

You will notice from the “On This Date” section of Baltimore Sports Then and Now that 17 years ago today, August 5, 1992, Mike Mussina tossed a five-hit shutout as the Orioles defeated Detroit 4-0. I especially know it to be true because I was there making my first trip to the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

For more than a decade I was lucky enough to make the trek from where I grew up in Southern Virginia to Baltimore at least once just about every year to see a game at old Memorial Stadium.

It was there that I watched my first major league game on July 4, 1980 and then the next day watched Jim Palmer suffer one of his famous 1-0 defeats (this one to the Red Sox). Over the years I got to see Eddie and Cal along with some great rivals including Don Mattingly and the Yankees, Wade Boggs and the Red Sox and the A’s with Canseco and McGwire.

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Forgotten No More: The Story of Baseball in Baltimore, 1903-1953 21

Posted on August 05, 2009 by Dean Hybl
The new documentary, The Forgotten Birds, will premier in October at the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown.

The new documentary, The Forgotten Birds, will premier in October at the Baseball Film Festival in Cooperstown.

The history of baseball in Baltimore since the St. Louis Browns moved to the city in 1954 has been well chronicled. However, until now, the great history of baseball in Baltimore prior to the return of Major League Baseball has gone largely unrecognized.

That is about to change with the release this fall of the documentary The Forgotten Birds.

The culmination of five years worth of research and interviews by director Paul Sekulich and writer Jimmy Keenan, the film will be premiered in Cooperstown at the Fourth Annual Baseball Film Festival from October 2-4.

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Baltimore Sports Memories: A Family Weekend to Remember 7

Posted on July 21, 2009 by Bill Welch
The author and family enjoying Cal Ripken Jr.'s last home game with the Orioles.

The author and family enjoying Cal Ripken Jr.'s last home game with the Orioles.

I was fortunate to have so many great memories and experiences during my 10 years with the Ravens Band (official name is Baltimore’s Marching Ravens) that it is hard to single out one or one group of memories.

However, I think the memory that stands out the most was a Baltimore weekend with my Dad that occurred less than a month after 9/11 in 2001.

I had purchased Orioles tickets early in the year once it became known that Cal Ripken Jr. was going to retire.  Of course the last Orioles game of the season sold out immediately.  The best I could do was the weekend before the last game.  It didn’t really matter to me because I was still going to see Cal one last time.

Then the tragedies of 9/11 occurred and the sports world stopped.
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