They came from very different cultural backgrounds and very different eras of Orioles baseball, but Melvin Mora and Gary Roenicke showed up at a very special place at exactly the same time. Both were inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame during a ceremony before Friday night's series opener between the Orioles and Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park. Outfielder John Lowenstein who teamed with Roenicke in a legendary left-field platoon during the 1983 world championship season, and long-time scout
For seven years, he kept the Orioles winning, the crowds happy and the media scratching their heads. Signed for the $20,000 waiver price from the Texas Rangers, John Lowenstein brought left-handed power and a role-playing persona, plus a cockeyed look at baseball — and life.
He had Harpo Marx hair, kept a stuffed gorilla atop his locker and uncorked a harrowing scream before each game. "Stan The Man Unusual," teammate Mike Flanagan called him, so Don Stanhouse had T-shirts made with that moniker and a likeness of himself sticking out his tongue.
Teammates called him "Crazy Horse" but marveled at the tireless left-hander who, four times, won 20 or more games. Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar is No. 9 on The Baltimore Sun's list of The Daffy Dozen, the 12 most colorful characters in Baltimore sports history.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been climbing the milestone ladder pretty consistently this year. Following Thursday's loss in Philadelphia, Showalter is still just two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Cap Anson for 32nd all time with 1,295. With the firing of San Diego's Bud Black on Monday, Showalter is now fifth among active managers for longest tenure with their current club.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman is scheduled to pitch just two innings in his next minor league rehabilitation appearance, leaving room for wide speculation about what his role will be when he returns from the disabled list.
The CEO of any large urban school system has one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Critics, therefore, have a special duty to be informed and constructive. I hope I meet that standard as I express reasons for a growing loss of confidence in the administration of Baltimore city schools CEO Gregory Thornton, who took office in July.
As soon as Manny Machado tomahawked his bat into the opposite batter's box in the eighth inning of Game 1 against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, it was obvious what was coming. Home plate umpire Toby Basner immediately ejected the Orioles third baseman — the third time Machado has been tossed in his brief big league career and first since his infamous bat-throwing incident last June against the Oakland A's that resulted in a five-game suspension.
This week 30 years ago, Earl Weaver came out of retirement to manage the Orioles, skeletal remains exhumed in Brazil are confirmed to be those of notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, the Discovery Channel is launched and the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
Boosting manufacturing in Maryland requires acknowledging reality. Steel and other symbols of 20th century manufacturing have given way to products few people imagined a few generations ago: vaccines, monoclonal antibody drugs and advanced computer technologies.
Ralph V. Marchetti, a veteran city public school educator who was also a familiar presence at Camden Yards where he had ushered for two decades, died Dec. 18 at his Overlea home of heart failure. He was 65.
Hall of Famer Leon Day's passion for baseball lives on in his widow. Geraldine Day attended "about a dozen" Orioles games this past season and watched the rest on television, even those on the West Coast.
As of 2013, 23.3 percent of Harford County's population of nearly 250,000 is 18 years old or younger, according to U.S. Census data, meaning almost a quarter of Harford's population has little to no memory of when the Baltimore Orioles made their last appearance in the American League Championship Series.
Two days after Towson allowed visiting Maine to convert three fourth downs and score the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a 27-24 loss Saturday night, Tigers coach Rob Ambrose admitted that the pain continues to linger.