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Letter: O'Dell All-Star article brings back memories

A bit of Carroll County trivia regarding Mike Klingaman's memorable O'Dell All-Star article on page B1 of the July 17 Carroll County Times.

About 1959 to early '60s, All-Star Billy O'Dell and his wife — and a string of Orioles — regularly visited my parents, Clifton "Nick" and Ethel Stephens at their Triggaland Kennel and Game Farm in Mount Airy for "home-away-from-home" southern hospitality and talk.

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Bill Wagner Sr. of Wagner Meats occassionally joined them for breakfast and storytelling about baseball and bird dogs.

When the O'Dells were expecting their first child, they took mom with them to their home in South Carolina to care for the mother and baby. Mom had a lot of experience, her first three children (this writer included) were born at home without her seeing a medical doctor.

The Oriole Field Trial Club of Baltimore founded by Jack Dunn Sr., founder also of the baseball Orioles, erected a small clubhouse at Triggaland. With much fanfare, a caravan led by Jack Dunn Jr. relocated a stone memorial from the site of Mr. Dunn's death, at an early 1900s field trail in Baltimore to Triggaland. Mount Airy's clergy dedicated the resetting of the memorial. Time, in its inexorable way, took its toll on the club membership. In 1998, the farm was sold, this writer and his brother, of Monrovia, returned the stone to Jack Dunn III at the Oriole Museum near Camden Yards. The property is now developed as "The Fields of Nottingham."

Fred W. Stephens

Manchester

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