Bill Pemstein was a Washington Senators fan growing up in Falls Church, VA. And then his older brother told him about an improving club in Baltimore. December 9 is almost a religious day in his life. It's the day in 1965 that Frank Robinson was traded to Baltimore. The next year was a World Series championship and the rest is history. Pemstein worked in the Washington office of the Orioles from 1983-1987. That was before a 22-year career in sportswriting in Midwest. He is the author of "A Stone's Throw" that details the 1980 season of Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone.
Of course we heard the stories. How that Stu Miller fellow got blown off the mound at San Francisco. Meaning he was so light (165 pounds) that a wind knocked him around and caused him to balk in the 1961 All-Star game against the American League.
The 23rd victory in a row came on Aug. 2nd. And Baltimore again batted around and put a five-spot on the board in the first inning. KC fought back but fell again, 10-8.
I admit it. I’m a Yankee hater from way back. But I had to admire Louisiana Lightning, Ron Guidry. The Yankees lefty didn’t even stand 6 feet tall and weighed less than 165 pounds, yet threw the heck out of the ball.
Rich Dauer was a proven second baseman. He made the routine plays for the Orioles teams of the late 1970s and early 80s. And he was a solid line drive hitter as well. But he certainly endured some dreadful starts to seasons.
It was not only a terribly exciting year for the Orioles this season but also that no-name team in Oakland as well.
My friend Gary and I were staying home that night and his Grandmother was in charge on Aug. 13, 1969. Evidently there wasn’t much on TV that night so we were going to listen to the Orioles-Athletics game on the radio.
Kind of nutty talking about this now that we finally will have a winning team again in Baltimore this year. But this organization hit rock bottom long before Mr. Angelos bought the team.
He wasn’t quite the hitter that Jalisco had advertised, but no doubt Hendricks was a cool player to have in the lineup.
Baltimore had the MVP that season. It was the summer that Boog Powell had a career-high 39 homers. Spark plug Luis Aparicio stole a league-high 57 bases.