Named after the state bird of Maryland, the Baltimore Orioles have one of the longest and proudest histories of all the baseball clubs in America. Although they began playing the sport in 1894 as the Milwaukee Brewers, and then spent 52 rough years as the St. Louis Browns, the team eventually relocated to their current home of Baltimore in 1954. Changing their name and dispensing of many of the team’s former players, the Orioles struck out for new pastures and would eventually find their success!
While Baltimore had housed several baseball clubs named the Orioles in the late 1800’s, including one that moved to New York in 1903 to become the Yankees, this particular club brought in a new style. With strong fan support and a powerful farm system, the team became relevant in the 1960’s with star players like Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, and Dave McNally. But what pushed the team over the edge was the acquisition of Frank Robinson in one of the famous trades in baseball. Robinson won the Triple Crown in 1966 and helped lead the Orioles to their first World Series Championship that year!
This would kick off a period of massive success for the Baltimore Orioles, who would continue their winning ways well into the 1980’s. Between 1969 and 1971, the team won three straight American League pennants and added another World Series trophy in 1970, defeating the Cincinnati Reds. The following season would be another special one for the Orioles where 4 pitchers would accumulate 20 wins on the year (McNally, Pat Dobson, Jim Palmer, and Mike Cuellar). Unfortunately, that season would end in disappointment and a heartbreaking Game 7 World Series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Orioles remained competitive throughout the decade but struggled to regain a title. In 1979, they reached the Series but fell short once again. But it all changed when a young Cal Ripken Jr. arrived on the scene in the early 80’s. One of the club’s all time great players, Ripken came out guns blazing and helped push the team over the top. With an MVP year in 1983, he was able to help Baltimore grab the 1983 World Series title!
After this tremendous season, the team fell into a serious decline, though Cal Ripken Jr. would continue his Hall of Fame Career that featured 19 All-Star appearances, all with the Orioles. In the 1990’s, the team built a new stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and returned to a certain degree of success. While a title remained out of reach, the squad did manage to earn a trip to the MLB playoffs in 1996 and 1997 with great players like Roberto Alomar and B.J. Surhoff. Nevertheless, the team couldn’t progress to another World Series and they fell into another decline that lasted for over a decade. Playing in the AL East and competing with the free-spending New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox creates a world of hardship!
But in 2012, the Baltimore Orioles returned to the postseason with the hard-hitting bats of Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Although they couldn’t defeat the Yankees in the ALDS, they did inspire hope for the future of the franchise. Perhaps there is some more magic up ahead for the Baltimore Orioles!
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