The Orioles At Fifty

#5 Mister Brooks Robinson
Think of the Orioles and you think of Brooks Robinson and his brilliant defense. Tireless work led to 16 Gold Gloves.

The Greatest Oriole
Frank Robinson arrived in a 1965 trade and World Series titles soon followed.

Who's greatest in pecking order?
Debate: For the unofficial title of greatest Oriole, many with ties to the club agree that Ripken, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray are on the short list.

35 years later, O's still swept up in joy
1966 World Series: The underdog kids who swept the vaunted Drysdale-Koufax Dodgers are old-timers now, but the memories, and satisfaction, from the Orioles' first crown remain fresh. (Oct 28, 2001)

Out of game, out of sorts for O's budding 'Iron Man'
After playing in 8,243 consecutive innings, Cal Ripken found sitting down most uncomfortable.

In nest of zanies, 3 stood out
Characters: Clint Courtney, Jackie Brandt and Moe Drabowsky added a heaping portion of flakes to the O's menu.

O's Weaver was pioneer of stats game
Orioles manager used statistics when making decisions.

Sold! Angelos scored with a home run
Auction: It took months of planning, a last-minute alliance, 16 rounds of bidding and $173 million to return the Orioles to local ownership.

Character Study
From Wild Bill Hagy to the Lemonade Shaking Guy, eccentric figures have long been a staple of Orioles baseball.

Big Swap ... Huge Flop
Orioles: Dealing Curt Schilling, Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch to the Astros for Glenn Davis in 1991 seemed like a smart move at the time, but it soon evolved into the worst trade in club history.

Out Of The Blue
Bluefield: Cradling its baby Birds, this West Virginia town has spawned the likes of the Ripkens and Matos for 46 years.

The Quiet Pioneer
Soft-spoken and small in stature, Jehosie Heard stood tall 50 years ago as the first African-American to play for the Orioles.

Opening Act
On April 15, 1954, the Orioles' first game in Baltimore featured 46,354fans, 22 bands, 33 floats and a 3-1 win over the White Sox.

A Matter of Territory
Baltimore and Washington are on opposite sides of the issue now, but their major league ambitions haven't changed since 1954.

Scouts of merit lay dynasty's foundation
With guile and gumption and not a lot of cash, the team's scouts assembled baseball's winningest cast from 1956 through 1985.

Common thread
The team's uniforms have undergone several changes - mostly subtle but some debatable - throughout the years.

Camden Yards' day at park becomes a national pastime
Oriole Park: Its mix of old and new touched all the bases with fans, setting off a home run of baseball construction.

Reckless Richards cracks open O's coffers
History: Manager/GM took over in 1954 and showed penny-pinching organization the cost of winning, and losing.

Back In The Bigs
Anniversary:A half century ago, a mayor and a lawyer went to bat and touched all the bases in a frenzied 48 hours, bringing major league baseball back to Baltimore.

Copyright 2004 The Baltimore Sun

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