Sports

The Daffy Dozen

By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans — and Baltimore has been blessed with its share.

The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore. Drawn from three centuries, they include zanies such as the Orioles’ John Lowenstein, whose skewed logic and left-handed persona captivated crowds, and the Colts’ Alex Hawkins, whose night-owl shenanigans surpassed anything he accomplished in football.

  • 'The Prince of Pranks,' Orioles pitcher Moe Drabowsky had 'hundreds' of victims

    'The Prince of Pranks,' Orioles pitcher Moe Drabowsky had 'hundreds' of victims

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Orioles outfielder Jackie Brandt's goofy inconsistency was consistent

    Orioles outfielder Jackie Brandt's goofy inconsistency was consistent

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Walter Scott 'Steve' Brodie was a stellar, but loopy, Orioles center fielder

    Walter Scott "Steve" Brodie was a stellar, but loopy, Orioles center fielder

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Orioles outfielder John Lowenstein was in his own world

    Orioles outfielder John Lowenstein was in his own world

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Unsung Colt Alex Hawkins was resolute on field, a gambler off of it

    Unsung Colt Alex Hawkins was resolute on field, a gambler off of it

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Clutch Clint Courtney collected cattle, made catching an adventure with O's

    Clutch Clint Courtney collected cattle, made catching an adventure with O's

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Ex-Colt Joe Don Looney earned his name

    Ex-Colt Joe Don Looney earned his name

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Orioles pitcher Don Stanhouse was a 'flake,' but 'pretty on the inside'

    Orioles pitcher Don Stanhouse was a 'flake,' but 'pretty on the inside'

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Mike Cuellar was a 'Crazy Horse' with a knack for winning 20

    Mike Cuellar was a 'Crazy Horse' with a knack for winning 20

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

  • Orioles pitcher Billy Loes once lost a grounder 'in the sun'

    Orioles pitcher Billy Loes once lost a grounder 'in the sun'

    Call them flakes, misfits or screwballs. They are athletes whose offbeat antics mystify teammates and fascinate fans and, over three centuries, Baltimore has been blessed with its share. The Baltimore Sun is counting down The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most memorable characters in the city’s sports lore....

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