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Celebrating 60: Singleton's arrival in Baltimore gave O's, Weaver unconventional leadoff hitter

A few days after Ken Singleton arrived for his first Orioles spring training in 1975, manager Earl Weaver called him into his office and told him that was going to lead off. In 1973 for the Expos, Singleton had 23 home runs and 103 RBIs, but Weaver also knew that Singleton led the National League with a .425 on-base percentage, which put Weaver ahead of

Celebrating 60: Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on his Hall of Fame career with the Birds

Cal Ripken, baseball's Ironman who played in a record 2,632 consecutive games, played in 3,001 games in 21 seasons for his hometown Orioles. He had 3,184 hits, 431 home runs and 1,695 RBIs. He was a 19-time All-Star as well as an American League Rookie of the Year with two AL MVPs and two All-Star Game MVPs. He won a World Series in 1983 and

Celebrating 60: Bill Ripken recalls dad's advice, playing alongside brother, making magic and history with O's

Bill Ripken will never forget the advice his dad, Cal Ripken Sr., gave him the day he signed with the Orioles. The year was 1982 and Bill had just graduated from high school. They were sitting at a table at home in Aberdeen, Md., when Orioles scout Jim Gilbert gave Bill a contract worth $20,000. As usual, dad's advice was direct. "I said, 'Do I

Taking a look at the battles in the AL East, NL East

Now that the American League has won the All-Star Game 5-3 and claimed home-field advantage in the World Series, is it too much to speculate that the Orioles will be hosting the Nationals in Game 1 at Camden Yards come October? It is a possibility, given both teams are in an excellent position to win division titles. The AL East has been falling apart daily,

Some interesting All-Star notes looking at how Senators, Orioles and Nats have fared in Midsummer Classic

As the All-Star Game approaches, here's everything you wanted to know, in chronological order, about the game's history in Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore: * The 1937 All-Star Game was in Washington's Griffith Stadium, now the site of Howard University Hospital. Franklin Roosevelt threw out the first pitch, becoming the first president to do so at an All-Star Game. The American League won 8-3 as

Celebrating 60: Gentile made good on guarantee, but picked wrong season for breakout power year in '61

When Jim Gentile was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Orioles before the 1960 season, he came with a money-back guarantee. Yes, that's correct - a money-back guarantee. The Orioles gave the Dodgers two players and $50,000 for Gentile, and if the Orioles weren't happy with the deal, they could return him after 30 days and get $25,000 back. Apparently, no questions asked.

Celebrating 60: Doug DeCinces handled replacing Brooks Robinson well, has fond memories of Baltimore

As a high school senior growing up in California, Doug DeCinces had dreams of playing Major League Baseball. Then he had a chat with an Orioles scout. "The scout (Al Kubski) told me that I can't run and that I throw like a girl," DeCinces says. "I was shocked, said, 'OK.' I was disappointed. He was a gruff old scout. But I think he wanted

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