“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Firsts, lasts and everything in between

Well, the World Series is over and a former Oriole was named the Most Valuable Player in the Red Sox’s victory over the Dodgers in the Fall Classic. If you picked Steve Pearce as the MVP, I want you to start selecting my Mega Millions numbers. Deal?

While Pearce doesn’t make an appearance on this week’s slate of “Orioles Classics” on MASN, we do have a bunch of heroes for your viewing pleasure. Some of them are footnotes in O’s history, others carved significant careers in black and orange.

We’ve also got the last Orioles game at Memorial Stadium, a heart-tugging goodbye to the old ballpark on 33rd Street, and the first game at Camden Yards, a shining, new example that baseball could flourish in a downtown environment.

You want history? We’ve got that, too! How about a most unusual no-hitter and a couple of World Series games? It may be November, but October baseball never gets old.

Enjoy this week’s “Orioles Classics” on MASN!

Thursday, Nov. 1, noon - Most no-hitters are things of beauty, dominant pitching efforts that elicit memories of a pitcher mowing down the competition in a memorable individual performance. But on July 13, 1991, the Orioles got a baseball rarity: a combined no-hitter. It took four pitchers - Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson - to subdue the A’s 2-0 in Oakland. Chris Hoiles’ RBI single and Mike Devereaux’s solo homer took care of the scoring.

Friday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - As finales go, few were more emotional than the O’s final game of the season on Oct. 6, 1991, a 7-1 loss to the Tigers that closed out their 37-year tenure at venerable Memorial Stadium. The Orioles were held to four hits, Joe Orsulak’s RBI groundout in the first inning producing the home team’s lone run in Frank Tanana’s complete game. But the memories are longstanding: former Cy Young winner Flanagan coming on in relief in the top of the ninth to pitch a 1-2-3 inning, Cal Ripken Jr.’s double play ball ending the game and a postgame celebration of Orioles baseball that was both a well-kept secret and an homage to the players who had appeared in black and orange since 1954. Make sure the tissues are handy; you might need them.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 a.m. - The first regular season game at Camden Yards on April 6, 1992 was equal parts civic celebration and long-awaited homecoming. Everything was new, including starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who spun a five-hitter in a complete-game 2-0 shutout that took just 2 hours, 2 minutes. Glenn Davis got the O’s first hit in their new digs, while Hoiles’ fifth-inning ground-rule double plated the home squad’s first run.

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. - Game 2 of the 1983 World Series found the O’s behind the 8-ball: down one game to none in the best-of-seven battle with the Phillies. So if the Birds didn’t want to punt home field advantage, they had to win, which they did in a 4-1 triumph that squared the Fall Classic and started a run of four consecutive victories that sealed their first world championship since 1970. John Lowenstein homered and Mike Boddicker checked the Phillies on three hits in a complete game.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. - Before or after you cast your vote on Election Day, tune in for this ninth-inning rally from May 31, 2013. Designated hitter Chris Dickerson had only one hit and he made it count, slugging a three-run walk-off homer to cap a four-run ninth inning in a 7-5 win over the Tigers.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. - The Orioles won Game 3 of the 1983 World Series as the Fall Classic shifted to Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Jim Palmer, pitching in relief of Flanagan, picked up the victory in a 3-2 win after the O’s scored twice in the seventh inning, knocking Steve Carlton from the game. Pinch-hitter Benny Ayala singled home the tying run, then scored the game-winner on an error. Seven future Hall of Famers appeared in Game 3.

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