October is usually a time when schools begin having flu clinics to stave off the virus, but several systems have canceled or delayed them because the nasal spray version of the vaccine, called FluMist, isn't yet available.
Every year of my life, since I went to my first game at age 6, I went to an Orioles game. But not this year. For the first time in half a century, I did not find a way to catch an Orioles game. Loyalty, the way I see it, is a two-way street. I've done my part, but I am not so sure the Orioles have done theirs.
The shooting of a 9-year-old girl outside her home in Waverly Sunday afternoon was just the latest in recent weeks in which an innocent bystander was caught by stray gunfire, prompting exasperated residents and city officials to ask whether people have become numb to the violence.
Family is everything to Jean Fugett, a graduate of Cardinal Gibbons who played eight years in the NFL. Now 63, he lives in West Baltimore, cares for his parents at their home in Randallstown and dotes on his wife of 29 years and their three children, one of whom, Audie, married Orioles outfielder Adam Jones last year.
As the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp., a faith-based, non-profit builder of affordable senior housing, gathered to pay tribute to its late founder, the Rev. Jack Sharp, GEDCO officials were also celebrating the organization's success and bright future, with two major projects on the books.
Astronaut Terry Virts could only take a few items on his mission into outer space, but among those items was an Orioles jersey that he presented to manager Buck Showalter before Monday night¿s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Cal Ripken Jr. played his record-breaking game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sept. 6, 1995, and he sat for a brief interview Wednesday at home plate at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen about the anniversary of "The Streak."
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.
Orioles catcher Clint Courtney struggled to catch pop-ups and once apparently forgot how to throw the ball back to the pitcher. That, combined with an affinity for livestock, makes him No. 6 of The Baltimore Sun's Daffy Dozen.
The Huber family and Johns Hopkins (11-6) — which meets No. 6 seed Maryland (14-3) in the second semifinal at 3:30 p.m. — have remained deeply connected since the passing of Jeremy Huber, who was discovered in his dorm Jan. 26.
As a 5-year-old, I played on a vacant lot just out the back door of my family's Guilford Avenue home. I can't recall much about this piece of empty moonscape-like land except that the ground still showed traces of decaying black wood. I was told these were the long cold embers of old Oriole Park. The park burned in the early morning hours of July 4, 1944. The team then moved to the Baltimore Stadium on 33rd Street, later rebuilt as Memorial Stadium.
The gates to Camden Yards were locked. The Eutaw Street corridor beyond the right field fence -- full of hustle and bustle during every game day -- was bare. In deference to the pervasive unease affecting Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing 10 p.m. city curfew, game time was moved to 2:05 p.m. and not a single fan was allowed through the gates. Fans were forced to take it in from an obstructed view through the sealed gates and balconies at the Hilton Baltimore.
In those early days of the struggle for racial justice, when racism was as much express as implied, we found the ability to come together in the general admission area of Memorial Stadium. There we were just people and baseball fans, equally fixated on the events transpiring on the heavenly expanse of lush green grass before us.