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Itzoe remembered

The life of long-time Orioles traveling secretary Phil Itzoe was celebrated by friends, family and a large group of past and present members of the organization in a touching memorial tribute this afternoon at the Warehouse.

I won't list all the dignitaries who packed the sixth floor -- for fear of leaving someone out -- but it was a who's who of Orioles history. Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Rick Dempsey were among the speakers who eulogized Itzoe, who passed away earlier this year. He was the longest-tenured traveling secretary in the history of professional sports, taking care of the logistics for the Orioles for 42 years, and doing it so well that he became the standard by which the rest of the profession is judged.

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Jeremy Guthrie spoke for the current players and was both emotional and eloquent in honoring Phil's work ethic and commitment to the franchise. Really a terrific event that would have left Phil slightly embarrassed at all the praise but certainly proud of his family as well as the friends and coworkers who thought so highly of him.


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