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Looking Back: How Orioles’ Hurlers Fared In Their First Start 17

Posted on July 28, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Chris Tillman certainly hopes that his major league debut is similar to those of some former Baltimore greats.

Chris Tillman certainly hopes that his major league debut is similar to those of some former Baltimore greats.

With Chris Tillman scheduled to make his first start in the majors, I thought it would be interesting to go back in time and see how some of the great pitchers in Baltimore Orioles history fared in their first appearance and first career start for the Birds.

In almost all cases, the results were pretty impressive and signs of future greatness to come.

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Dave McNally 17

Posted on July 26, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Dave McNally

Dave McNally

Forty years ago this week, our selection for the Baltimore Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Week was completing an amazing run of perfection as a hurler for the Baltimore Orioles.

On July 30, 1969, Dave McNally allowed only two runs in eight innings to improve his record to 15-0 on the season.

He suffered his first loss in a 5-2 game against Minnesota on August 3rd and went on to finish the season with a 20-7 record.

Throughout his entire career with the Orioles, McNally was a steady performer, but never seemed able to firmly grasp the spotlight on a team filled with stars.
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