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2023 Season

August 3, 2023: Felix Bautista was named AL Reliver of the Month for July. It was the third time in fourth months that he won the award.

Season Preview:  After many so-so seasons, the Orioles have put together a roster of good, young talent—with more future stars in the minor leagues waiting for their chance. Newcomers Kyle Gibson, Adam Frazier, and James McCann will provide experienced leadership for young stars Cedric Mullins, Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez, and Adley Rutschman. Baltimore may not make the playoffs, but the team should put plenty of pressure on the AL East leaders when they come to town.

2022 Season

Season Recap: Baltimore baseball fans were treated to a fun season from a team that many experts picked to lose 100 games. The Orioles went 83–79 and a had a chance to make the playoffs until the final week. Rookie Adley Rutschman inspired his teammates after being called up from the minors, and the bullpen got the job done all year long. With injured John Means returning to the mound in 2023 and a full year of play from Rutschman and fellow rookie Gunnar Henderson, the O’s should be able to put pressure on the AL East leaders for the first time in a long time.

Season Preview: Baltimore fans have enjoyed the home run show at Camden Yards for many years, but in 2022 they will see fewer long balls after the club decided to move the left field wall farther away from home plate. The Orioles’ pitchers—led by John Means—aren’t complaining. They will need all the help they can get after losing 110 games last season. Hopefully, that help will come from their top hitters, including Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle, and Anthony Santander.

2021 Season

Season Recap: Baltimore fans did not have much to cheer about in 2021, as the O’s led the AL in losses. However, there were several bright spots. Cedric Mullins had the first 30-30 season in team history and John Means pitched very well despite a losing record. Austin Hayes and Ryan Mountcastle also had solid seasons. The Orioles have good pitching and catching that is almost ready in the minor leagues, but they still have a way to go before they challenge for a playoff spot.

July 12, 2021: Trey Mancini reached the finals of the Home Run Derby, losing 23–22 to Pete Alonzo of the Mets. Mancini beat Matt Olson and Trevor Story to reach the championship round.

May 5, 2021: John Means pitched a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore won the game 6–0 and faced the minimum 27 batters. One Mariner reached base on a dropped third strike, but was thrown out moments later trying to steal second base.

Season Preview: Baltimore’s pitching staff has fans worried, but a group of good young hitters will keep the Orioles in close games. Trey Mancini should bounce back from a poor 2020 season, while Ryan Mountcastle, Austin Hays, and veteran Freddy Galvis. John Means is the club’s standout pitcher.

2020 Season

Season Recap: The Orioles played hard, entertaining baseball in 2020 but finished out of the playoffs. Veteran infielder Jose Iglesias batted .373 and young outfielders Ryan Mountcastle and Anthony Santander had nice years. Pitchers John Means and Tanner Scott looked great at times. However, the Orioles will need more young players to step up if they are going to keep improving in 2021.

September 20, 2020: John Means struck out 7 Rays in a row to tie a team record. The first Baltimore pitcher to fan 7 straight was Sammy Stewart, in 1978.

September 5, 2020: Cal Ripken Jr. threw out the first pitch on the 25th anniversary of his record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game played. Ripken’s son, Ryan, caught his father’s throw. Ryan threw out the first pitch to his dad the night Ripken set the record in 1995. He was just 2 years old at the time.

Season Preview: The Orioles have enough talent to win anytime they walk on the field. The question is whether they can win games in bunches. The team’s lineup includes several players in their prime years, including Rio Ruiz, Pedro Severino, Anthony Santander, and Hanser Alberto. Manager Brandon Hyde is working a pitching staff without any stars, but with a number of live arms.

2019 Season

Season Recap: No one expected the Orioles to have a winning record in 2019, and they were right: Baltimore lost 108 games. However, the O’s played opponents tough—with the exception of the Yankees, who won 15 of 17 games. Trey Mancini, Jonathan Villar, Hanser Alberto, and Renato Nunez led the offense, while John Means and Dylan Bundy pitched well most of the year.

July 25, 2019: Utilityman Steve Wilkerson pitched the 16th inning in a victory against the Angels and earned a save. He became the first position player to save a game since the statistic became official in 1969.

Season Preview: The Orioles had a terrible year in 2018 and things might not get much better in 2019—at least not in the win column. The club is determined to rebuild around up-and-coming players, but also wants to be competitive this year for Baltimore fans. That is almost impossible to do. Trey Mancini and Chris Davis will have to put up big numbers for the O’s to avoid another 100-loss season.

2018 Season

Season Recap: Baltimore fans were not expecting a division title in 2018, but no one imaged the Orioles would lose 115 most games—the most in the history of the franchise. To make matters worse, their best player, Manny Machado, was traded away. Among the few bright spots for the O’s was the play of Jonathan Villar, who stole 21 bases after being acquired in a deal for Jonathan Schoop.

Season Preview: The Orioles have plenty of punch in the lineup, thanks to Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Trey Mancini, and Manny Machado—who seems ready to put up MVP numbers at the age of 25. The big question mark for the O’s is their starting pitching. Newcomer Alex Cobb will need to become an ace for Baltimore to contend with the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East.

2017 Season

Season Recap: The Orioles had one of the best-hitting lineups in baseball in 2017. In August, the club hit 57 home runs to set a new record for that month. Even so, Baltimore lost too many close games and finished last in the AL East with a 75–87 record.

July 23, 2017: Zack Britton set a new AL record when he saved his 55th game in a row.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: The Orioles nearly slugged their way to the AL East title behind the power hitting of Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, Adam Jones and home run champion Mark Trumbo. They made it to the Wild Card game with a patchwork pitching staff, but lost to the Blue Jays in extra innings.

May 2, 2016: Manny Machado was named AL Player of the Month for April. He batted .344 with 7 home runs and 16 RBIs.

2015 Season

October 6, 2015: Manny Machado recovered from his ankle injury to play all 162 games and hit 35 home runs. Chris Davis added 47, but the Orioles were never much better than a .500 club. Wei-Yin Chen had another good year on the mound, but Baltimore’s pitching was not as strong as in years past.

October 4, 2015: Chris Davis won the major league home run crown with 47 round-trippers.

April 5, 2015: Manager Buck Showalter is good at doing a lot with a little, but he faces great challenges in 2015. For the Orioles to compete, slugger Chris Davis must improve on last year’s numbers, and young stars Manny Machado and Matt Wieters must stay healthy.

2014 Season

November 15, 2014: Buck Showalter was named AL Manager of the Year for the third time. He won the award with Yankees in 1994 and Rangers in 2004. Other Baltimore award winners included Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and J.J. Hardy, who won Gold Gloves for fielding excellence.

October 30, 2014: The Orioles won the AL East for the first time since 1997 thanks to great seasons from sluggers Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz, and a pitching staff led by Chris Tillman and reliever Zach Britton. The big surprise of the year was Steve Pearce, a journeyman who delivered 21 homers. Baltimore’s hopes of a pennant ended with a sweep by the Kansas City Royals in the playoffs.

September 28, 2014: Nelson Cruz finished the year as the AL home run champion, with 40 round-trippers. It was the second year in a row that an Oriole led the majors in home runs. Prior to that, the last Baltimore player to lead the big leagues was Frank Robinson, with 49 homers in 1966.

August 8, 2014: The Orioles celebrated their 60th anniversary by wearing replica uniforms from their first season, in 1954.

March 31, 2014: Baltimore would have a chance to finish first in most of baseball’s other divisions, but in the AL East the Orioles have three excellent teams between then and first place. Chris Tillman and Ubaldo Jimenez lead the pitching corps, while young stars Adam Jones, Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Jonathan Shoop support sluggers Chris Davis and nelson Cruz in a high-powered offense.

2013 Season

October 1, 2013: Baltimore failed to make the playoffs, but proved their 2012 season was no fluke. They won 85 games and got historic season from Chris Davis, Manny Machado, and Jim Johnson. The starting pitching, which was so good the year before, simply did not get the job done.

September 18, 2013: The Orioles set a new record with their 114th errorless game of the season. The old record of 113 was set by the Astros in 2008.

September 17, 2013: Chris Davis set a new team record with his 51st home run of the year. He finished the 2013 season with 53 to lead the major leagues. He also led the majors with 138 RBIs and 96 extra-base hits.

July 10, 2013: At 21 years and 5 days, Manny Machado became the youngest player to have 125 hits by the All-Star Break. The old record was set by Tommy Davis of the Dodgers in 1962.

April 5, 2013: Chris Davis became just the fourth player in history to hit a home run in each of the season’s first four games.

March 30, 2013: Young star Manny Machado joins team leaders Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in a lineup that promises to score a lot of runs. Can the Baltimore relievers hold leads as well as they did in 2012? That may be the story of their season.

2012 Season

October 13, 2012: Some picked the Orioles to finish last in the AL East, but they nearly finished first. The team’s young pitchers were sensational, and five different players hit more than 20 home runs. At age 27, Adam Jones became a true superstar—doing it all in the field, at bat, and on the base paths. The Orioles fell to the New York Yankees in the playoffs, but came within a couple of hits of reaching the American League Championship Series.

May 10, 2012: Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis each hit a home run to start Baltimore’s game against the Texas Rangers. It was the first time in AL history that a team hit back-to-back-to-back homers to open a game.

April, 2012: It looks like the Orioles will have two pitchers from Japanese Leagues in their starting rotation for 2012—Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada. Chen was actually born in Taiwan. Wada pitched for Japan in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

More Go-To Guys

The spitball Urban Shocker threw looked like a fastball until it got close to home plate, and then it would change direction just enough to keep the batter from making a solid hit. Shocker would wet his fingers and then squeeze the ball as he released it, which gave it an odd spin. (Author’s Collection)

Ken Williams hollowed out the inside of his bat to make it lighter. This is illegal now, but in Williams’s day there was no rule against it. (Author’s Collection)

I can only remember seeing Dave McNally lose one game, and that was to the New York Mets in the 1969 World Series by a score of 2–1. One year later he beat the Reds in the World Series, which was quite a feat because Cincinnati crushed left-handers all season. (Topps, Inc.)

Bobby Grich was actually a shortstop, but he played second because Mark Belanger was Baltimore’s shortstop. I’d say that plan worked pretty well. (Topps, Inc.)

Brian Roberts’s dad was the head coach of the baseball team at the University of North Carolina for more than 20 years. (Black Book Partners)

  • Bobby Wallace — Shortstop
    Born: 11/4/1873
    Died: 11/3/1960
    Played for Team: 1902 to 1916
    Bobby Wallace was a sure-handed shortstop who could also hit for power. Wallace was nicknamed “Mr. Shortstop.” In his first season with the Browns, he set a record by handling 17 chances in one game.

  • Urban Shocker — Pitcher
    Born: 8/22/1890
    Died: 9/9/1928
    Played for Team: 1918 to 1924
    Urban Shocker was one of baseball’s top pitchers in the early 1920s. He led the AL in wins in 1921 and strikeouts in 1922. He was one of the few players allowed to use a spitball after 1920.

  • Ken Williams — Outfielder
    Born: 6/28/1890
    Died: 1/22/1959
    Played for Team: 1918 to 1927
    Ken Williams was a master at using tiny Sportsman’s Park to his advantage. In 1922, he led the AL with 39 home runs—32 of which came at home. That same year Williams became the first member of the “30–30” club, with 37 steals to go with his 39 homers.

  • Vern Stephens — Shortstop
    Born: 10/23/1920
    Died: 11/3/1968
    Played for Team: 1941 to 1947 & 1953 to 1955
    Vern Stephens was one of the top players in baseball during World War II. He led the AL in RBIs in 1944 and home runs in 1945. Stephens was the Browns’ best player the one and only year they won the pennant.

  • Boog Powell — First Baseman
    Born: 8/17/1941
    Played for Team: 1961 to 1974
    Boog Powell was one of the biggest and strongest players in the game. The bat looked like a toy in his hands. Powell often played injured, but when he was healthy he was magnificent. He finished third in the AL MVP voting in 1966 and second in 1969. In 1970, Powell had 35 home runs and 114 RBIs, and finally won the award.

  • Dave McNally — Pitcher
    Born: 10/31/1942
    Died: 12/1/2002
    Played for Team: 1962 to 1974
    Dave McNally was one of the AL’s top left-handers from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s. He won 20 or more games each year from 1968 to 1971. He was also the first (and still only) pitcher to hit a grand slam in World Series play.

  • Mike Cuellar — Pitcher
    Born: 5/8/1937
    Died: 4/2/2010
    Played for Team: 1969 to 1976
    Mike Cuellar drove hitters crazy with his screwball, change-up, and strange pitching motion. In 1969, he retired an amazing 35 batters in a row across two games. Cuellar, who was born in Cuba, was the first Latino to win the Cy Young Award.

  • Bobby Grich — Second Baseman
    Born: 1/15/1949
    Played for Team: 1970 to 1976
    Bobby Grich was the Orioles’ best player in the mid 1970s. He was a strong hitter and smooth fielder. In 1973, he set a record for second basemen with a .995 fielding average. He broke his own record 12 years later, when he was playing for the Angels. Grich won the Gold Glove each season from 1973 to 1976.

  • Al Bumbry — Outfielder
    Born: 4/21/1947
    Played for Team: 1972 to 1984
    Al Bumbry was the man who made the Orioles go in the 1970s. After serving in the military and winning a Bronze Star for bravery, he led the team to the playoffs in 1973, 1974, 1979, and 1983. Bumbry was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1973 and was in the Top 10 in stolen bases five times.

  • Ken Singleton — Designated Hitter
    Born: 6/10/1947
    Played for Team: 1975 to 1984
    Ken Singleton was one of baseball’s top switch-hitters. He batted over .300 with Baltimore and was an expert at drawing walks. Singleton finished third in the AL MVP voting in 1977 and second in 1979.

  • Brian Roberts — Second Baseman
    Born: 10/9/1977
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2014
    Baseball is all about moving around the bases and scoring runs. Few Orioles have ever done this as well as Brian Roberts. He led the AL in doubles twice, stolen bases once, and scored over 100 runs four times from 2004 to 2009.

  • John Means — Pitcher
    Born: 4/24/1993
    First Season with Team: 2018
    John Means was a 2019 All-Star during his first full year with Orioles. He was runner-up in the AL Rookie of the Year voting that season, too.

More Fun Facts

This photo of George Sisler came out of an old calendar. (Author’s Collection)

    In the eight years from 1977 to 1984, the Orioles had the American League’s top winner five times. Five different pitchers led the league in victories—Jim Palmer (1977), Mike Flanagan (1979), Steve Stone (1980), Dennis Martinez (1981), and MIke Boddicker (1984).

    When Dave McNally had all his pitches working, he was almost unbeatable. He once won 17 games in a row and had three streaks of 12 wins during his career. The only other pitcher to have three streaks that long was Roger Clemens.

    George Sisler became a Hall of Famer at first base for the Browns, but he started his career in St. Louis as a pitcher. In 1915, he faced superstar Walter “Big Train” Johnson and beat him 1–0. A lucky game? Not at all. Later that year Sisler beat Johnson again, 2–1.

    From 1969 to 1978, Baltimore shortstop Mark Belanger won eight Gold Gloves for his fielding. Although he was one of the weakest hitters in the game, Belanger claimed the honor of hitting the first home run ever in the American League Championship Series.

League Leaders

Vern Stephens was a star for the Browns in the 1940s, and then played for the team again when they were the Orioles in the 1950s. (Topps, Inc.)

Jim Gentile started his career as a Brooklyn Dodger but was stuck for years behind Gil Hodges. He once hit grand slams in back-to-back games. (Topps, Inc.)

Steve Stone had an amazing curveball. Even so, it was an amazing thing for him to win 25 games, because his other pitches were only so-so. (Author’s Collection)

This “wire photo” shows Hoyt Wilhelm and his manager, Paul Richards. It was taken by the Associated Press. Old wire photos are fun to collect—they are little pieces of history. (Author’s Collection)

  • Home Runs
    1922 — Ken Williams — 39*
    1945 — Vern Stephens — 24*
    1966 — Frank Robinson — 49
    1981 — Eddie Murray — 22**
    2013 — Chris Davis — 53
    2014 — Nelson Cruz — 40
    2015 — Chris Davis — 47
    2016 — Mark Trumbo — 47

    * Played for St. Louis Browns
    ** The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Batting Average
    1906 — George Stone — .358*
    1920 — George Sisler — .407*
    1922 — George Sisler — .420*
    1928 — Heinie Manush — .378*
    1966 — Frank Robinson — .316

    * Played for St. Louis Browns

  • Runs Batted In
    1916 — Del Pratt — 103*
    1922 — Ken Williams — 155*
    1944 — Vern Stephens — 109*
    1961 — Jim Gentile — 141
    1964 — Brooks Robinson — 118
    1966 — Frank Robinson — 122
    1976 — Lee May — 109
    1981 — Eddie Murray — 78**
    2004 — Miguel Tejada — 150
    2013 — Chris Davis — 138

    * Played for St. Louis Browns
    ** The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Stolen Bases
    1918 — George Sisler — 45*
    1921 — George Sisler — 35*
    1922 — George Sisler — 51*
    1927 — George Sisler — 27*
    1936 — Lyn Lary — 37*
    1947 — Bob Dillinger — 34*
    1948 — Bob Dillinger — 28*
    1949 — Bob Dillinger — 20*
    1963 — Luis Aparicio — 40
    1964 — Luis Aparicio — 57
    2007 — Brian Roberts — 50
    2022 — Jorge Mateo — 35

    * Played for St. Louis Browns

  • Wins
    1921 — Urban Shocker — 27*
    1960 — Chuck Estrada — 18
    1970 — Mike Cuellar & Dave McNally — 24
    1975 — Jim Palmer — 23
    1976 — Jim Palmer — 22
    1977 — Jim Palmer — 20
    1979 — Mike Flanagan — 23
    1980 — Steve Stone — 25
    1981 — Dennis Martinez — 14**
    1984 — Mike Boddicker — 20
    1995 — Mike Mussina — 19

    * Played for St. Louis Browns
    ** The 1981 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

  • Strikeouts
    1922 — Urban Shocker — 149*
    1954 — Bob Turley — 185

    * Played for St. Louis Browns

  • Earned Run Average
    1959 — Hoyt Wilhelm — 2.19
    1973 — Jim Palmer — 2.40
    1975 — Jim Palmer — 2.09
    1984 — Mike Boddicker — 2.79

Orioles in the World Series

This was one my favorite cards as a kid. Check out the fans—every one of them is wearing a white shirt! (Topps, Inc.)

1966 Los Angeles Dodgers Won 4–0
1969 New York Mets Lost 4–1
1970 Cincinnati Reds Won 4–1
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Lost 4–3
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Lost 4–3
1983 Pittsburgh Pirates Won 4–1

Browns in the World Series

1944 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–2

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