Blasting a home run onto Eutaw Street, just shy of the Warehouse past right field at Camden Yards, is a big deal, akin to a splash landing in McCovey Cove at AT&T; Park. An asphalt landing on Eutaw Street earns players a commemorative plaque along the street with the player’s name, team and the date and distance of the home run.
In the ballpark’s 21-year history, 68 players have accomplished this feat. Only one has had his plaque feature a misspelling.
And it’s a two-time Orioles All-Star, no less.
USA Today intern Matt Slovin (a former Baltimore Sun intern) noticed yesterday that catcher Matt Wieters’ plaque reads “Matt Weiters.”
Per the report, after being shown a picture of the misspelling, Wieters immediately informed Jay Moskowitz, the team’s coordinator of baseball information, of the error.
“I can’t believe that,” Wieters told USA Today.
A team spokeswoman said Monday that Wieters' plaque will be fixed.
It wasn’t the first time the Orioles misspelled a player’s name on one of the baseball-shaped plaques. Mickey Tettleton hit the first Eutaw Street homer on April 20, 1992, but the plaque spelled his first name “Micky.”
There have been many other instances of notable misspellings in sports.
Kris Versteeg, a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, had his named engraved on the Cup as “Vertseeg.” The typo has since been fixed, but Versteeg wasn’t the first player to have his name misspelled on the Cup. Adam Deadmarsh (1996 Colorado Avalanche), Manny Legace (2002 Detroit Red Wings) and Eric Staal (2006 Carolina Hurricanes) also had their names butchered during the engraving process.
Names of individual players aren’t the only ones engravers have botched. The Toronto Maple “Leaes” won the Cup in 1963, the “Bqstqn” Bruins in 1972 and the New York “Illanders” in 1981.
The Mid-Atlantic's other baseball team is also familiar with grammatical shortcomings. In April 2009, Washington's Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman sported jerseys that read “Natinals” during a home game against the Florida Marlins. The players changed into jerseys with the correct spelling during the game.