Orioles rookie shortstop Richie Martin's grandfather, Walter "Bancy" Thomas, played with Jackie Robinson on the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs, Jackson's only season in the Negro American League before he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947.
The first time I saw Frank Robinson play was at Memorial Stadium on my 9th birthday in May 1966. I remember vividly his aggressive base running and beef with the umpire after being called out. That play and reaction personified the take-charge attitude that Frank Robinson brought to the game.
The Orioles are offering lunch with Trey Mancini and Mychal Givens at a Baltimore-area restaurant as part of the 2018 Winter Meetings Auction, with proceeds benefiting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
In one of the highlights of his amateur career, Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens won the Jackie Robinson Award as the nation's top high school baseball player in 2008. Friday marked yet another milestone, he said, as he and the rest of the Orioles donned Robinson's No. 42 on their jerseys as teams across baseball honored the major leagues' first African-American player on the anniversary of his big league debut.
As part of the Major League Baseball Players' Association Players' Choice awards, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was named the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, which annually recognizes one player for his combination of on-field performance and community dedication.
A group of eighth graders at a Glen Burnie charter school became unlikely ambassadors for civil rights this summer, recording oral histories of activists and donating their work to the Maryland Historical Society's library so others can listen and develop a personal appreciation of the past, as well as insights for the road forward.
When New York Yankees left-hander Andrew Miller took the mound in the eighth inning Monday with one on, one out and his club clinging to a one-run lead, he wasn't nostalgic. He wasn't considering that the guys in the batter's box were his teammates just a few short months ago.
When he became the first black manager in the Major Leagues the 1975 as a player/manager with the Cleveland Indians, Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson was shocked to see that the Indians still specified a player¿s race on their scouting reports.
The Orioles will be wearing the road grays of the Negro League Baltimore Elite Giants later this month when they travel to Houston to play the Astors in MLB¿s eighth annual Civil Rights Game on May 30.
At 53 years old in 1972, Jackie Robinson died much too soon. Too soon to receive his presidential Medal of Freedom, too soon to see his friend Dr. King recognized with a national holiday, and too soon to witness the election of the first black president. Yet, Robinson deserves recognition not only for his athletic accomplishments, but also for his commitment to justice. The price of a baseball ticket is a nice gesture toward such recognition, but emulating Robinson's approach, as we seek to
Former WBAL WMAR television and radio broadcaster Ted Patterson's entire life has been consumed by sports — and that goes for his Towson residence, too, which is overflowing with baseball, football and boxing memorabilia — some of which that dates back to the 19th century. Patterson will attend his 41st consecutive Orioles Opening Day March 31.
The significance of Missouri defensive end and NFL draft prospect Michael Sam's ground-breaking announcement that he's gay immediately struck a chord with former Ravens linebacker and special-teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo.
While fans are waiting for the high-profile signing that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has promised, Jones said he'll leave the negotiating to the club's front office for now while he prepares for spring training to start this month.
Columbia resident Darryl Hill, the first African-American man to play collegiate football in the South - the University of Maryland, that is -- received standing ovations this week when he was honored by the Maryland General Assembly.
Hubert V. Simmons was a gentle man who threw a nasty knuckleball in Negro Leagues baseball, and for years he dreamed of establishing a museum that could tell a story about the national pastime before it was really national, when black players were barred from the majors.
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who has been involved in various charity initiatives in Baltimore and his hometown of San Diego, Calif., has been named the club¿s nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award.
There are many lingering and tragic results of racism in this nation that are likely to take generations to untangle, and one is unfortunate state of the reputation of African-American horse jockeys from an age gone by.
This October, Harford Community College will honor African-Americans' contributions to some of those races and to horse racing as a whole in "Beauty in Sport: Celebration of Black Jockeys in Harford County, Maryland, and Beyond."
Along the far side of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at Citi Field on Monday afternoon, there was a scene that hasn't occurred at the All-Star Game in years: A full-fledged Orioles row. One wall, five tables and five Orioles players