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Top moments from the Orioles' 1966 season

Peter Schmuck talks about the 1966 Baltimore Orioles. (Emma Patti Harris/Baltimore Sun video)

May 8: Frank Robinson hits a fair ball completely out of Memorial Stadium, the first (and eventually only) player to do so. Against the Cleveland Indians' Luis Tiant, who has thrown three straight shutouts, Robinson drives a pitch 451 feet on the fly. The ball rolls under a car in the stadium parking lot, 540 feet from home plate. The announced crowd of 49,516 gives Robinson a one-minute standing ovation.

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June 14: The Orioles take first place to stay, edging the New York Yankees, 2-1, before an announced 37,891. Luis Aparicio knocks in the go-ahead run and Stu Miller gets the win , pitching three perfect innings in relief of Dave McNally.

July 22: Right-hander Jim Palmer, 20, wins his 11th game, 3-1 over the Chicago White Sox, and divulges his secret: pancakes for breakfast. The Sun would run a photo of Palmer, fork in hand, digging into a stack of 22 flapjacks. The victory boosts the Orioles (65-32) to a club-record 33 games over .500.

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Aug. 11: For the second time this season, Frank Robinson falls into the stands while making a game-saving catch on a fly ball in New York's Yankee Stadium. His 11th-inning heroics preserve a 6-5 win.

Aug. 15: Boog Powell hits three home runs and a single in a 4-2 win over the Red Sox. He ties the game with a homer in the ninth inning and wins it with another in the 11th. In the stands is Powell's wife, Jan, who made the trip to Boston despite being eight months pregnant.

Sept. 20: Tom Phoebus (Mount Saint Joseph) pitches his second straight shutout, 4-0 over the Kansas City Athletics. Phoebus, 24, becomes the seventh rookie since 1900 to start his career with two shutouts.

Sept. 22: The Orioles clinch their first American League pennant with a 6-1 victory in Kansas City. Palmer pitches a five-hitter and outfielder Russ Snyder makes a diving catch for the final out.

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Oct. 9: Frank Robinson's 410-foot home run gives the Orioles a 1-0 victory at Memorial Stadium and a four-game sweep in the Series. McNally throws a four-hitter, extending the staff's scoreless streak to 33 consecutive innings, a Series record. Robinson is named World Series Most Valuable Player.

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