Urban Shocker’s Weblog
Dominican Beisbol & Baltimore Orioles Baseball News

About

The first baseball game I ever saw was on July 4, 1977 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.  Johnny Wockenfuss hit two home runs for the Tigers -I’ll always remember because of the way my uncle imitated him wiggling his fingers as he waited for the pitch- but the Orioles came back with six two-out scores in the bottom of the sixth to beat Mark Fidrych 6-4.  That’s just one reason I’m still such a big fan.

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I attended two games of the 1979 World Series.  The We Are Family Pirates made me cry, but watching Joaquin Andujar on TV in the 1982 Fall Classic was the greatest thing I ever saw.  I met Joaquin years later, got his autograph and vowed to write a book about him one day (The book is almost done).

Before it was a topic in Sports Illustrated or The Sporting News, I noticed from studying the backs of baseball cards how many ballplayers were born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  This became my little niche obsession within the baseball universe, and I can tell you more than you’ll ever need to know about the Macorisanos who’ve made their mark in baseball.

 For most of the last 15 years, I’ve been employed in the Jamaican music business, even though I think the island largely stopped exporting good tunes when the studios there got computerized in the mid-1980’s (or was it the influx of guns and crack cocaine).

I’m married with a beautiful daughter now, and writing about baseball is the one thing I still make time to do for me.  That, and a fellow called SkeptiSys, are the reasons you can find me here.  So, keep checking in to find out about Dominican baseball, the Orioles & occasionally whatever comes to mind.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. Urban,

    I’m writing a biography of Paul Richards, and you told me something I didn’t know: the bit about him not telling Triandos when Wilhelm was going to pitch. Can you give me a source for that one?

    And keep up the good blogging.

    Warren

  2. Great idea Warren.

    I look forward to reading it when you’re done.

    Richards not telling Triandos when Wilhelm would pitch was mentioned in a couple of Sporting News articles…I believe quotes from Triandos after he was traded to the Tigers.

    I’ll try to dig up the exact issue dates tonight. You can either email me directly (my address has been added to the bottom of the article), or I’ll post them here for you.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Sure enjoy the UrbanShocker Oriole site.
    I was born and raised an Oriole fan. Grew up in Aberdeen and, for the last 30 years, have lived in Ohio.
    But I keep up with the O’s and their history!
    Keep up good work.
    Ted

  4. Excellent to see Baltimore Orioles getting new uniforms to reflect their Baltimore base!

  5. hi urban, we’ve added your page to the orioles blog roll on baseballdigest.com. please stop by sometime!

  6. My brother Ted told me about this webblog. This is awesome! Thanks! Do you think the O’s will ever break 500 again?


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