It was 40 years ago today when Frank Robinson blasted two grand slam home runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 12-2 victory over the Washington Senators. The 2010 representatives for both cities will be on the field today at Camden Yards wearing special throwback uniforms, but things have changed quite a bit for both teams over the last 40 years.
In 1970 the Baltimore Orioles were the best team in baseball and on their way to their second World Series title in five years. Combining a powerful offense, great defense and amazing pitching, the Orioles had the best record in the American League with a 46-25 record on June 26th and finished the season with an amazing 108-54 mark.
First baseman Boog Powell hit 35 home runs and was named the league MVP. Pitchers Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar each won 24 games while Jim Palmer posted 20 victories. During the season, the Orioles had eight winning streaks of at least five games including an 11-game winning streak to end the season.
Fast forward to 2010 and just about the only similarity between the 1970 Orioles and the 2010 version is the team name.
The Orioles enter June 26th with the worst record in baseball at 21-52. Their current two game winning streak marks the fifth time so far this season the Orioles have won two or more games in a row and their longest winning streak in 2010 is three straight games, something they have done twice. Read the rest of this entry →