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  • 'Reckless' Richards cracks open O's coffers

    In seven years with the Orioles, Paul Richards made the largest trade in baseball history, signed Brooks Robinson, invented the oversized catcher's mitt and preached a pitching-and-defense philosophy that defined the Orioles for years after he was gone.
  • Back in the bigs

    First in a series of occasional articles on the Orioles' five decades in Baltimore. In a March 1953 meeting in Tampa, Fla., the owners of the eight American League franchises rejected Bill Veeck's plan to move his downtrodden St. Louis Browns to...

    Dundalk's Bielecki found pitch he could handle

    As a chunky 8-year-old youngster in the Dundalk Little League, Mike Bielecki was once exiled to right field because he couldn't catch the ball or hit. However, a tip from opposing coach Sonny Yeager rescued Bielecki. "He suggested that I should pitch,...

    Eye disease limits WBAL's Thompson; Role is restricted to radio commentary

    In an article in Wednesday's editions, The Sun reported that Orioles radio announcer Chuck Thompson was undergoing "new, experimental therapy" to treat the eye disease macular degeneration. When Thompson's treatment began earlier this year, the therapy...

    Thompson, 83, expected to be removed from life support

    Baltimore broadcasting legend Chuck Thompson is expected to be removed from life support systems today after suffering a stroke that has left him brain dead, his brother said last night. "As it stands now, he would be a vegetable if we would keep him...