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Eddie Murray will be the 11th modern Oriole in the Hall of Fame, joining Luis Aparicio, Reggie Jackson, George Kell, Lee MacPhail, Jim Palmer, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver and Hoyt Wilhelm. A capsule look at the four who made their biggest impact as Orioles:

Brooks Robinson

Robinson spent 23 seasons with the Orioles. He won the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 1964 and shares the record (with former pitcher Jim Kaat) for most Gold Gloves with 16.

His election to baseball's Hall of Fame was cemented with his performance against the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970 World Series, when he was named MVP and earned the nickname ?Hoover? (as in vacuum cleaners) for his play in the field.

Robinson played in 18 All-Star games. He trails only Cal Ripken among the Orioles' all-time leaders in games, at-bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, runs, total bases and extra-base hits.


Frank Robinson

Robinson's achievements during his 21 seasons as a player rank him among the top players of all time. He hit 586 home runs, fifth on the all-time list.

In 1966, he won the Triple Crown (.316 batting average, 49 homers, 122 RBIs) and was both the AL and World Series MVP in his first season with the Orioles. In all, the Orioles went to the World Series four times in his six seasons as a player with them.

Robinson was NL Rookie of the Year with the Reds in 1956 and is the only player to win MVP honors in both leagues ('61 NL, '66 AL). He played in 11 All-Star games.


Jim Palmer

The greatest pitcher in Orioles history, Palmer won 268 games in a 19-year career, all of it with the Orioles.

He won three Cy Young Awards in a four-year span ('73, '75, '76), and his 2.86 ERA is tied for fourth on the all-time list among pitchers with 3,000 or more innings pitched.

Palmer won 20 or more games in a season eight times, one of only six who pitched exclusively in the 20th century to do that.

He put that string together in a nine-year stretch, 1970-1978, during which he went 176-97 with a 2.54 ERA. He was a six-time All-Star and was the AL's starting pitcher four times.


Earl Weaver

Weaver ranks 19th in victories among 20th century managers. His .583 winning percentage (1,480-1,060) over 17 seasons ? all in Baltimore ? ranks fifth on the all-time list of those who managed 10 or more seasons exclusively in that century.

He joined the Orioles' organization in 1957. He was named Orioles first base coach in 1968 and manager on July 11 of that year. From 1969 through 1982, he won six AL East titles, four AL pennants and the 1970 World Series, beating the Cincinnati Reds. His Orioles won 100 games or more five times, and he was Associated Press Manager of the Year three times.

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