"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Trumbo, Davis tear up opposition

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Trumbo, Davis tear up opposition
We're now almost a week into the resumption of baseball activities after an abrupt and unwelcome hiatus. And while baseball has undergone many changes over its long evolution, it has never seen such wholesale alteration of the way things are done. Hand-sanitizing stations, daily temperature checks and frequent testing for COVID-19 have become the everyday reality for everyone involved in the sport. The players are doing their best to keep their distance from one another while at the same time...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: 11th-inning heroics and a World Series triumph

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: 11th-inning heroics and a World Series triumph
In years to come, our grandchildren will ask us about 2020. Political and societal turmoil raging against a backdrop of global pandemic will certainly give future historians much to analyze. When all the books are written, at least a few will dwell on the effects of the prolonged suspension of sporting events, both on fans and on the sports themselves. In the case of baseball, the coronavirus shutdown brought to a rapid boil the labor conflict that had been expected to simmer for another year....
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A nailbiter, a decisive blast and the start of something big

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A nailbiter, a decisive blast and the start of something big
One of the great things about baseball is that the game offers something for everyone, an aspect on full display in this week's collection of "Orioles Classics" on MASN. If you prefer pitchers' duels over slugfests, we've got a good one for you from 2017, a night when the Orioles and Blue Jays matched zeros into extra innings before someone broke through. Of course, some people prefer lots of offense, and few players produced it like 2016 American League home run champ Mark Trumbo, whose...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Postseason bonanza

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Postseason bonanza
Looking ahead to the coming week's "Orioles Classics," I couldn't help but think of Jim Mora's most famous moment. Mora, then head coach of the Indianapolis (grr!) Colts, spoke with reporters following a 2001 loss that dropped the team to 4-6. One of those reporters asked Mora about the Colts' chances at making the National Football League playoffs that season, triggering the coach's now legendary reaction. "Playoffs? Don't talk about ... playoffs?" Mora screeched incredulously, his...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Hello, goodbye and everything in between

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Hello, goodbye and everything in between
One of the great things about highlighting rebroadcasts of games from a team with a tradition that stretches back to 1954 is the variety of choices you get in the film library. This week's collection of "Orioles Classics" on MASN stretches all the way back to 1987 and a day when a trio from the same family made headlines. It includes the last game at Memorial Stadium in 1991 and the first game at Camden Yards in 1992. And it includes some memorable moments from the 2012 season that saw the...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Ripken's run and retirement

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Ripken's run and retirement
Having to hunker down at home while waiting for the new/novel coronavirus (what are they calling it this week, anyway?) to wane has been tough on all of us. But think about what it might have been like for Cal Ripken Jr. had the pandemic hit our shores during his playing days. The Iron Man carved out a place for himself among the legends of baseball by just showing up to work every single day. He couldn't have kept himself in the lineup had he not produced, of course, but by declining to take...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Something for everyone

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Something for everyone
One of the great things about a baseball game is that different people can watch the same contest and be entertained in multiple ways. All depends on what part of the game you like the most. With that in mind, this week's list of "Orioles Classics" on MASN contains a little something for everyone. You like offense? Well, we've got bunches of home runs and crooked numbers. How about games in which the Orioles slugged six, seven and five round-trippers? You like history? Then the final game...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Extras! Extras! Read all about it!

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Extras! Extras! Read all about it!
If you can get up at (or stay up until) 4 a.m., you can now watch live baseball. It's on the tube at that hour because it's coming to you live from South Korea, where COVID-19 precautions have eased up enough to permit the Korea Baseball Organization to play ball, albeit without fans in the stands. It's a little surreal, watching players you don't know in ad-emblazoned batting helmets and umpires in surgical masks, all rattling around in an empty ballpark at a time of day when the vast...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: More memories from yesteryear

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: More memories from yesteryear
For many years, Mother's Day and baseball were irrevocably intertwined in my life. The first baseball game I ever attended was on Mother's Day 1966, the day Frank Robinson hit a home run out of Memorial Stadium, making him the only player to ever accomplish that feat. Of course, we didn't know it until the next day, when my dad read it in the morning paper. After my dad passed in 1985, mom and I would usually spend Mother's Day at a ballpark. She particularly loved the intimacy of Harry...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: The first title, Jones' last game as an Oriole

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: The first title, Jones' last game as an Oriole
If the 2020 season had started on schedule, we might have had several postponements already anyhow, given the wet weather we've had this April. But as those of us who suffer from hay fever are especially aware, those April showers bring May flowers. We here at MASN would, of course, like nothing better than to be bringing you live Orioles baseball, but as we all continue to hunker down to fend off the coronavirus as best we can, it looks as though we may have a May without it this year. That...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A trio of tripleheaders on tap

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A trio of tripleheaders on tap
Back in the days before I smartened up, the notion of a tripleheader was quite intriguing. Doubleheaders of my youth meant glorious Sundays spent at Memorial Stadium, figuring how best to stretch five bucks so that it lasted two games. And if the nightcap went more than the regulation nine innings? No worries, since Dad was listening on the radio and knew exactly when to head to the bus stop on Wilkens Avenue to pick us up for the return trip home. Speaking strictly as a baseball professional,...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's torpedo Mariners

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's torpedo Mariners
We're all (Adam) Jonesing for Orioles baseball right now, but you're not missing it on this particular day because April 16 was scheduled as an off-day to begin with. How's that for rationalizing? If not for this pesky pandemic, the Birds would have just hosted the Cubs for a pair, the Wednesday game coming on Jackie Robinson Day. That's the one day during the season when you can't tell the players even with a program, since everybody's wearing No. 42 in honor of the great Dodgers...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Walk-off this way ...

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Walk-off this way ...
Social isolation is a lot more palatable when you have "Orioles Classics" on MASN at your fingertips. And you don't even have to stay six feet away from the TV screen, though the oft-repeated warning from my youth - "You'll ruin your eyes!" - springs to mind. This week on "Orioles Classics," we've got some of the best walk-offs in recent vintages of Orioles history, including the final game of the storied career of Cal Ripken Jr. There are some other special games in the rotation: a...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Marathon wins for long-term isolation

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Marathon wins for long-term isolation
Getting tired of jigsaw puzzles yet? You've cleaned the house to within an inch of its life and you're down to binge-watching the first (and final) season of "My Mother the Car." About this time, of course, you should be doing the heel-of-hand-to-forehead move as you remember that MASN continually brings you the best moments in Orioles history. So as most of us - apart from the grocery clerks, the first responders, the medical personnel and others who still venture into their regular work...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Cal Ripken Jr. takes center stage

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Cal Ripken Jr. takes center stage
We should be celebrating the start of another baseball season today, packing Camden Yards for opening day the way only hard-core Orioles fans know how to do. What's that old adage about best-laid plans often going astray? Baseball is in a holding pattern and we're really not sure when the 2020 campaign is going to start. Luckily, we've got a treasure trove of "Orioles Classics" on MASN this week, and there's a theme of sorts. Cal Ripken Jr., the greatest shortstop of a generation (sorry,...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Homers in bunches, a no-hitter with a mulligan

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Homers in bunches, a no-hitter with a mulligan
Most famously during the Super Bowl, gamblers have fun with what are called proposition, or prop, bets. These are wagers on predictions that go beyond the outcome of the game itself: How many catches will the team's top receiver make during the game? How many shots on goal will the home team take in the hockey game? How many bases will the Orioles steal during the doubleheader? How long will the singer take to perform the national anthem? Depending on the scenario, the sports-betting parlors...
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Music and baseball combine in "Athletes & Artists" weekend

Music and baseball combine in "Athletes & Artists" weekend
The Orioles again this year will mix music and baseball during spring training to benefit efforts promoting arts education and girls' empowerment. The fifth annual "Athletes & Artists Play for Kids" charity weekend will take place March 5-8 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., the Orioles' spring training home. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend's events will benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation's Music & Arts Education Scholarship, created in 2019 to support...
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Orioles' economic impact on spring home better than expected

Orioles' economic impact on spring home better than expected
Since the Orioles moved their spring training home to Sarasota, Fla., in 2010, the economic benefit to the area has far exceeded the club's projections. An annual report from the Sarasota County government finds that the Orioles have generated more than $436 million in cumulative economic impact since 2015, the first year comprehensive data became available. The analysis includes both tourism dollars coming from spring training visitors and the effects of year-round business operations in...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's give White Sox head start

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: O's give White Sox head start
Florida's population this week swelled with the arrival of pitchers and catchers throughout the Sunshine State, including Sarasota, where one of the least predictable spring training competitions in the majors has begun to unfold. As you begin counting down to opening day in earnest, you'll want to catch as much as you can of the next seven days' worth of "Orioles Classics." Most of these episodes come from Orioles playoff seasons, and the ones that don't will feature major league...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A Baltimore baseball history lesson

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: A Baltimore baseball history lesson
This week's "Orioles Classics" on MASN read like a history lesson. So come to order, class (what, you thought Roch Kubatko had the market cornered on baseball school?). We'll start with a pair of games from the 1970 World Series, move into the Ripken portion of the curriculum, watch Eddie Murray reach a home run milestone, check in on the Orioles swansong for a couple of key contributors from a more recent vintage of the orange and black, and finish with some more from the Iron Man. Oh, and...
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