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Archive for March 2008

Opening Day Starting Pitchers from the Dominican Republic

March 31, 2008

A leaky bullpen cost Domincan southpaw Odalis Perez of Washington a victory in the innaugural game at Nationals Park last night, but he did become the 16th pitcher from his homeland to get an opening day (or, in this case, night) assignment. Not surprisingly, Hall-of-Fame right-hander Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants was the […]

From Larsen to Guthrie…to Tillman – BALTIMORE ORIOLES Opening Day Starting Pitchers

March 30, 2008

Chris Tillman becomes the 36th different opening day pitcher for the modern Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards.  At 25 (until April 15), Tillman is not the youngest Baltimore hurler to start the first game. Twenty-one-year-olds Jerry Walker (1960) & Milt Pappas (1961). The least-experienced man to get the assignment was Jeremy Guthrie […]

Spring Training With the 1988 Baltimore Orioles

March 25, 2008

Ninety-five losses in 1987 represented the Baltimore Orioles worst total in 32 years.  They’d gone a miserable 81-137 since August 6, 1986, but figured they had nowhere to go but up when spring training 1988 got underway.  Little did they know. Sure, the team featured Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, Jr, but […]

Spring Training with the 1983 Baltimore Orioles

March 19, 2008

Spring training was relativley tranquil for the Baltimore Orioles in 1983.  The core of a club that won 94 games the previous year was intact, save for Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who’d retired.  Perhaps the biggest shock of  camp came when The Earl of Baltimore dropped in for a visit sporting a brand […]

The Baltimore Colts next-to-last win at Memorial Stadium

March 7, 2008

Twenty-five years later, I’m glad they won.  When the Baltimore Colts hosted the Patriots on October 9, 1983 (pictured above) though, I was fervently rooting for the visitors from New England. You see, the history of my NFL loyalties goes something like this: As a boy born in Baltimore 3 1/2 months before the Colts […]

Memorial Stadium Moment: ROCKY COLAVITO Hits Four Home Runs In One Game

March 3, 2008

On June 10, 1959, a new issue of The Sporting News hit the streets that proclaimed Cleveland Indians right-fielder Rocky Colavito the “American League player most likely to emulate -and possibly surpass- Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs in one season”.  Colavito, who’d launched just one longball in his last twelve games while battling through […]