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Retro Baltimore

Remembering 1966: Sept. 25-Oct. 1

It's a gloomy week for the Orioles, who lose three games and have four others rained out. But that doesn't stop fans of the newly crowned American League champions from scrambling for World Series seats. On Monday, Sept. 26, at 12:01 a.m., when tickets go on sale, a line of people snakes out from Baltimore's main post office for 30 blocks. Some fans have been waiting for 33 hours.

Meanwhile, the Orioles go flat. They drop a 6-1 decision on the road to the California Angels, then wait out four days of rain before losing a home doubleheader to Minnesota, 10-7 and 8-2. Worse, the Twins rock the Orioles' two star pitchers, Dave McNally and Jim Palmer, before a somber crowd of 12,260. It's hardly the tuneup one expects for the Series next week.

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One bright note: Manager Hank Bauer signs a new two-year contract for $45,000 per year, a $13,000 raise over his old deal. "Just say I'm gonna pay a good amount of income tax for the next two years," Bauer says.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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