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Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson voted O's 'Franchise Four'

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and others walk off the field after a postgame ceremony to celebrate Orioles' 60th anniversary.
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and others walk off the field after a postgame ceremony to celebrate Orioles' 60th anniversary. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun)

Featured among the pregame ceremonies for Tuesday night's All-Star Game were the announcement of the "Franchise Four" results, revealing a Mount Rushmore for every major league club as voted on by the fans.

And from a pool of eight players, four of the six Cooperstown-enshrined Orioles made the list: pitcher Jim Palmer, shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., third baseman Brooks Robinson and outfielder Frank Robinson. The franchise's four other candidates were Paul Blair, Dave McNally, Eddie Murray and Boog Powell.

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Palmer spent all 19 of his major league seasons in Baltimore from 1965-84, going 268-152 with a 2.86 ERA in 558 games (521 starts). The three-time Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star pitched at least 300 innings four times on the way to being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Ripken, a two-time American League MVP and 19-time All-Star, also spent his entire career with the Orioles, from 1981 to 2001. The Aberdeen native is best known for The Streak, his major league-record 2,632 consecutive games played. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year on the ballot.

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Brooks Robinson, a 1983 Hall of Fame inductee, is widely considered the best defensive third baseman in baseball history. Like Palmer and Ripken, he played his whole career with the Orioles, from 1955-77. He won 16 straight Gold Gloves from 1960-75, earned 15 straight All-Star nods and was the 1964 AL MVP.

Frank Robinson was inducted into the Hall in 1982 after 21 major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels and Cleveland Indians. He spent 1966-71 with the Orioles, earning the 1966 AL MVP and winning the Triple Crown in his first year after being acquired from the Reds. He was a 12-time All-Star, two-time MVP (once in each league) and the 1956 National League Rookie of the Year.

Palmer, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson were all part of the Orioles' four World Series appearances and two victories from 1966-71. Ripken helped the Orioles win their last World Series in 1983.

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