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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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