50 million is Rockville man's ticket to glory Orioles notebook


Chuck Stolting of Rockville was the lucky one.

The crowd of 32,488 yesterday sent the Orioles' all-time attendance over 50 million. Stolting was randomly selected as the 50 millionth fan.

A lifelong fan and an Orioles season ticket holder since 1983, Stolting claims he was there May 8, 1966, when Frank Robinson became the only batter to hit a fair ball out of Memorial Stadium, off Cleveland's Luis Tiant.

Stolting gets a trip for two to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the country, two tickets to the final game at the stadium this year and the first game in the new downtown park next year.

* SPEAKING OF ATTENDANCE: With 13 home games left, the Orioles already have the third highest attendance in club history at 2,158,953, trailing 1989 (2.5 million) and last year (2.4 million).

* ANOTHER FOR HORN: Sam Horn hit his league-leading third pinch-hit home run Saturday night, and the Orioles' seventh of the season. The magic wasn't there yesterday, however. With the Orioles behind, 3-2, in the ninth and Luis Mercedes aboard, Horn, again pinch swinging, grounded into a double play.

* THIS 'N THAT: Glenn Davis had raised his average to .221 over the weekend before going 0-for-4 yesterday, striking out twice . . . The Royals' Danny Tartabull went 2-for-4 and 7-for-11 in the three-

game series to finish the year with a .523 (23-for-44) punishment of the Orioles . . . Leo Gomez had his fifth three-hit game.

Cal Ripken knocked in Mercedes with both Orioles runs, raising his RBI total to 91, the sixth time in his 10 full seasons he has exceeded 90 . . . The Orioles have 78 errorless games, putting them in position to become the first team in major-league history to make fewer than 100 errors three straight years. They are 41-37 in their errorless games, 14-44 when they do commit one.

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