The Orioles have announced that they will honor former Oriole great Jim Gentile in a special on-field ceremony on Friday, August 6, before their 7:05 game against the Chicago White Sox.
In 1961, Gentile set career-highs with a .302 batting average, 46 homers and 141 RBI. His 141 RBI were one behind the Yankees’ ROGER MARIS, leaving him second in the American League. Several years ago, a baseball researcher discovered that one of Maris’ credited RBI had scored as the result of an error. Within the last year, that research was verified and approved by Major League Baseball and its official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau. In the 2010 Elias Book of Baseball Records, Gentile is for the first time listed as having shared the 1961 American League RBI crown with Maris.
In his four seasons with the Orioles from 1960-1963, Gentile made three American League All-Star teams, and his 141 RBI in 1961 still rank third all-time for an Oriole in a single-season.