Melvin Mora, John Lowenstein and Gary Roenicke to be enshrined in Orioles Hall of Fame

Melvin Mora set the highest single-season batting average in Orioles history when he hit .340 in 2003.
Melvin Mora set the highest single-season batting average in Orioles history when he hit .340 in 2003. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)

Former Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora and outfielders John Lowenstein and Gary Roenicke have been selected for enshrinement in the Orioles Hall of Fame, the club announced on Monday.

Mora was elected by a vote of media members, club officials and Orioles Advocates. Lowenstein and Roenicke were selected by the veteran's committee.


Longtime Orioles scout Fred Uhlman Sr. will be inducted as this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner.

Former Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro was also on the ballot, but was not voted in.

All four will be honored at a luncheon at Oriole Park on Aug. 14 at noon. Lowenstein will not be able to attend due to a previous engagement.

A two-time All-Star, Mora spent parts of 10 seasons with the Orioles, batting .270 with a .350 on-base percentage and .431 slugging percentage. He is also among the franchise's career leader in doubles (eighth, 252), RBIs (eighth, 662), home runs (10th, 158), runs (10th, 709) and total bases (10th, 2,073).

His .340 batting average in 2004 is the Orioles' best single-season mark. He led the American League in in on-base percentage (.419) that season and had career highs in home runs (27) and RBIs (104).

His 808 games at third base trail only Brooks Robinson on the club's all-time list.

Lowenstein and Roenicke split playing time with the Orioles in left field from 1979 to 1985. Both were members of the Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team and combined for 34 homers and 124 RBIs that year.

In their first season in left, they combined for 36 home runs and 98 RBIs, helping the Orioles win the 1979 AL pennant. Their best season came in 1982, when they combined for 45 home runs and drove in 140 runs as the club fell one game short of winning the AL East title.

Before retiring this year, Uhlman spent 46 years in professional scouting, including the last three decades with the Orioles. He joined the Orioles as scouting director in January of 1985 and later served as a special assistant and pro scout.

He also established the Orioles' first baseball academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and was responsible for signing Jeff Ballard, Steve Finley, Gregg Olson, Arthur Rhodes and David Segui.

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