While Baltimore's light rail system it debuted alongside the successful Oriole Park at Camden yards in 1992, the 25-year-old rail line's envisioned role as a transit solution for Baltimore has gone largely unfulfilled. While crowded around game times and somewhat busy at rush hour, light rail's ridership remains below projections, and the north-south line did not become part of a larger integrated transit system.
Twenty-five years after Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened, the Orioles have paid the state $255 million in rent and admission taxes — more than the stadium's sticker price — and state officials say Maryland got a good deal even as it continues to spend $15 million a year to pay off the bonds.
Reisterstown resident David Ginsburg has been covering sports in Maryland for 42 years. He recently teamed up with former Oriole Rick Dempsey to write his first book, "If These Walls Could Talk," covering Dempsey's time with the Orioles as both a player and broadcaster
Less than 48 hours after the Orioles' 2016 season ended dramatically in the American League wild-card game, executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter sat together at Camden Yards looking back at the year while looking to the future.
When reliving seasons from Baltimore baseball history, 1996 tends to get short shrift. Twenty years have flattened fans' memories of those Orioles to a passel of home runs and an ill-timed catch by a 12-year-old boy in the stands at Yankee Stadium.