Earl Weaver, the former Orioles Hall of Fame manager who died Friday night, left those around him with such great memories and stories, that it was hard to get them all in for the one story I did Sunday.
Earl Weaver was a reporters dream-come-true. If you were a young columnist covering the Orioles in the early 80s, as I was for the old Evening Sun, you couldn't ask to be around a more colorful manager.
The electorate of the Baseball Writers Association of America sent a clear message to tainted superstars on Wednesday: If you were suspected of taking performance enhancing drugs, you don¿t belong in the Hall of Fame. At least not in 2013.
Deputy Cpl. Charles B. Licato, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office was killed in a single vehicle accident near Darlington. Black bunting adorned the three Harford County Sheriff's Office buildings in Bel Air, Edgewood and Jarrettsville.
Dr. Joshua Breschkin, a retired optometrist whose early work with contact lenses earned him the respect of well-known Baltimore Colts and Orioles players, died of stroke complications Nov. 6 at his Cross Keys home. He was 94.
He was a gritty 6-foot-3 guard from the Bronx with boundless energy and a long, sweet jumper that seemed to kiss the Civic Center's ceiling before finding its mark. "Bullseye!" Baltimore Bullets broadcaster Jim Karvellas would exclaim as Kevin Loughery scored again.
For the first time in decades, Baltimoreans can wear the colors of two teams with equal pride. Orange one day, purple the next. A Ravens jersey with an Orioles cap. It wouldn't make the cover of GQ, but it captures the mood of the city — and harkens back to happy days of yore.
The TBS team of Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken and John Smoltz was outstanding. Johnson, the play by play guy, sets a table as well as anyone this side of Al Michaels. And he was superb all series long at drawing the best out of Ripken and Smoltz, who provided original and insightful analysis.
With the Baltimore Orioles on the verge of Game 3 against New York on Wednesday night in the Bronx, the return of the Birds to baseball's elite has been the stuff of sweet conversations all around town.
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Each time a playoff series moves into a new phase or encounters a particularly pivotal game ¿ usually odd-numbered -- the outcome becomes more and more dependent on how the players on each team handle pressure
With his team in the playoffs and fans loving the statues he commissioned to celebrate past Orioles greats, Peter Angelos is encountering more public good will than he has in 15 years. But the Orioles owner has still chosen to remain out of the spotlight.
This is the kind of thing they used to teach in journalism school and I wish they still did: The way one careless mistake can diminish an otherwise strong performance and bring embarrassment instead of praise.
Center fielder Adam Jones, who has 32 homers and played every game of this season, has been named the Most Valuable Oriole, becoming the seventh player in club history to win the award in consecutive seasons.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was asleep in his hotel room in Sarasota, Fla., at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday morning when his roommate told him that Brian Graham, the Orioles' minor league instruction coordinator, was on the phone.
The major league call-up of Orioles 19-year-old phenom Dylan Bundy to help replenish the club's bullpen after an 18-inning game Tuesday night is a surprise. But it's being made for the right reasons, according to Jim Palmer.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette never revealed his specific expectations for the season when it began in April. But now his immediate goal is clear: "We're in a position now that we have the kind of ballclub that we could win the division," Duquette said Tuesday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn't go old school by design. It was purely by necessity and circumstance that four of his young, inexperienced starters have ended up in the bullpen in September.
If the term "mob scene" could be applied to a joyous event, such as that of a beloved local ballplayer being immortalized with a bronze statue of his likeness being installed at the park where he spent half of his Hall of Fame career, then the scene at Camden Yards on Thursday, when Cal Ripken Jr.'s long-awaited sculpture was unveiled to the public for the first time, would be it.
"I've been doing a lot of reflecting today. It's been emotional. As excited as I am to go to California and keep pursuing what I set out to do a long time ago, I'm just realizing how lucky I've been to be in my home market and covering teams I grew up loving."
Mussina, along with former Orioles second baseman Rich Dauer and scout Walter Youse, will be honored as this year's Orioles Hall of Fame inductees before Saturday night's game against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards.