Five worst Orioles teams

The Baltimore Sun

This year's team could end up with a record ranking among the franchise's worst. A look at the bottom five, with record and manager:

1988, 54-107, Cal Ripken Sr./Frank Robinson: A historic 0-21 start evolves into the worst record in team history and costs Ripken his job after six games.

1954, 54-100, Jimmy Dykes: In the franchise's first season in Baltimore after moving from St. Louis, the Orioles finish 57 games out of first place.

1955, 57-97, Paul Richards: Improving by three games in the win-loss column and finishing 39 games out of first qualifies as progress. But it's still bad.

2001, 63-98, Mike Hargrove: The team slogan is "Come See the Kids." It should include "Be Overmatched Most Nights." The roster purge of 2000 leaves gaping holes.

1987, 67-95, Cal Ripken Sr.: Ripken finally gets his chance to manage after Earl Weaver's second retirement. It's too bad he can't pitch. The team ERA is 5.01.

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