On what he’s most proud of during his career:
I think winning the MVP award in 1964. Talking about 162 games day in and day out and being able to say I was voted the Most Valuable Player in the league, that’s my number one thrill.
On the relationship with the fans:
It’s been amazing. Of course, I’ve been here a long, long time. As I said in my speech, I’ve seen every player who ever put on an Orioles uniform with the exception of four or five. One guy I didn’t get to meet and I wish I had was Billy Cox. He played third base for the Dodgers and was just a wonderful glove-man. I signed June 1 and they had just let him go. He passed away, but he lived up in Susquehanna in a small town which I’ve been through and I saw all his artifacts. But I never got to meet him. It’s only about four or five guys that I never saw put on an Oriole uniform.
On what went through his mind when seeing the statue:
It sure is very surreal. Those things are never going to go away unless they tear them down or something, but they don’t tear statues down too often. I just think this is a wonderful ballpark and it’s wonderful for the fans to have a look at the guys who really helped make this franchise and guys who are in the baseball Hall of Fame, which there’s 200 guys in there I guess. I couldn’t be happier being out there as one of them. I played at the right time. As I said before, I played with some great players. I saw the team when it was real bad and we kept getting better every year and almost won the pennant in 1960. It went right down to the wire. The Yankees came in here in ’60 on Labor Day. We were two games back and won all three of them. Then we ended up going to New York and they beat us for in a row and ended up going on to win 10 or 12 in a row. That’s when we really began winning games. It was exciting.
On comparing the current team to former teams:
Bullpen. This is a terrific bullpen. In my day, when a guy came out of the bullpen he might pitch three, four, five innings. It’s entirely different now. They just play the game a little differently than they did. I’m not saying which is right or wrong, but it sure worked out great for the Orioles to have that group coming out of here. Left-hander against right-hander, right-hander against…it makes a good match for what’s happened in the game.
On Manny Machado:
I like that kid playing third base. When you make a transition form short to third, it takes you a while to get adjusted. I think Cal Sr. told that to Cal when he came back to third. It’s going to take you a few games, 30-40 games, to get used to it over there. But he’s that good and it didn’t take him long to get acclimated to it. This kid, he can play anywhere. Got a great arm and great instinct, we’ve seen that, he’s got a great instinct for the ball. There’s a few things they can work on to make him better. I’m not trying to criticize him, but things like men on first and second, no away, where do you play? When do you know to go after a ball or not go after a ball? Things like that. He’s a terrific player. Nobody has really fooled him when it comes to hitting. He swings the bat and gets his hits.
On whether he’d like to be around the team more:
No, not really. I’m enjoying what I do right now, being part owner of Opening Day Partners. We have four teams in Lancaster and York. I broke ground for the new stadium in Lancaster eight years ago, then York. In Southern Maryland there’s a team, and then we have a great team in Texas called the Skeeters down there, the Sugarland Skeeters. They got mosquitoes down there that are, as Boog would say, “big as battleships.” I’m having too much fun doing that, and I don’t have a lot to do. I entertain people who might want jobs as coaches like Gary Gaetti and Rick Burns down in Sugarland. Roger Clemens threw a couple games there. I’m having fun, so that’s the main thing.
On the fan’s reaction:
I called all my friends and they showed up. I met a lot of people in my day, going here and going there. I still enjoy doing all those things and leading kind of a baseball life.
On his relationships with other players:
They’re special because they’re special memories. When you think back, we had the Baby Birds. Pappas, Estrada, Fisher and Steve Barber. That’s four guys that could really knock the bat out of your hands. They were terrific. I think Estrada won 18 games that year. Steve Barber might have thrown a no-hitter, I’m not sure. We had four great pitchers and that’s the reason we won a lot of ball games. It’s just kind of special. When memories click in, those are the kind of things I think about. Paul Richards, he was the greatest manager in the world. Ear got a lot of his nuances from him. He thought Paul Richards was the greatest too. I thought that Paul was the best baseball guy I had ever met. Fundamentals, he knew everything about every position and what made it tick. I was lucky to have Paul as a manager.