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Barbara C. Grail, 86, a former Orioles bookkeeper, dies

Barbara C. Grail was a former Orioles bookkeeper and avid sports fan from Bel Air.
Barbara C. Grail was a former Orioles bookkeeper and avid sports fan from Bel Air. (Handout / Baltimore Sun)

Barbara C. Grail, a former Orioles bookkeeper and avid sports fan, died Sunday of complications from liver disease at her Bel Air home. She was 86.

Barbara Catherine Turner, the stepdaughter of Joseph John Salino, an Otis Elevator Co. repairman, and Catherine Galonis Salino, a homemaker, was born and raised in East Baltimore.

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"She always considered her stepfather to be her father," said a daughter, Cheryl A. Graff of Bel Air.

Mrs. Grail was a graduate of the old St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church business school at the corner of Wolfe and Lombard streets. In 1947, she married John T. Grail, a career Navy noncommissioned officer and machinist's mate.

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From 1954 to 1958, Mrs. Grail worked as a bookkeeper for the Orioles and was featured in a Baltimore Sun article, "Oriole Girls Tell Their Behind the Scenes Jobs," published in 1956.

Except for the years 1959 through 1964, when her husband was working in Rhode Island, the couple lived at a home on Honeysuckle Drive in Bel Air.

Mrs. Grail remained a lifelong Orioles fan and attended 42 games each season, her daughter said, and had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch during a game at Camden Yards.

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She also was an inveterate fan of the old Baltimore Colts, Ravens and both the men's and women's University of Maryland basketball teams.

Mrs. Grail enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, taking cruises and bowling. She was an animal lover and a member of Best Friends Animal Shelter in Utah.

Her husband, who retired in 1990 as president of Boiler Pressure Vessels Inspection Agency Inc. and was the former chief boiler inspector for the state Division of Labor and Industry, died in 1992.

Mrs. Grail attended St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 533 E. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to Ms. Graff, she is survived by three other daughters, Dawn Mari Grail of Bel Air, Lurene G. Grail of Easton and Karen D. Uyesugi of Fayetteville, Ga.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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