Alex Thomas

Bird's-eye view of Orioles' history

Bird's-eye view of Orioles' history

There are moments at Camden Yards, in the hour or so before a game, that Boog Powell is at his barbecue pit on Eutaw Street, while nearby Jim Gentile is signing autographs for Orioles' fans and slugger Chris Davis is on the infield taking groundballs in preparation for that night's contest.

"You have three generations of good-hitting first basemen. The grandfather remembers one [Gentile], the dad remembers one [Powell] and the son remembers the next one [Davis]," notes Bill Stetka, who is also well aware that all three sluggers hit from the left side.

Stetka, a resident of Columbia who grew up in Bel Air, is a treasure trove of Orioles' baseball history. A former...