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.
Despite his obvious bad luck in World Series games, Eddie Watt was actually a pretty cool pitcher.
By the 1987 baseball season, my last as an Orioles employee, we knew our favorite baseball team had hit rock bottom.
Talk about your folk heroes. Brother Lo was certainly one. Nothing short of a so-so player from Cleveland and Texas, John Lowenstein came to Baltimore where he became a different player.
Ten straight American League playoff wins. Now that’s the Orioles I remember.
Loved the story of how during a rainstorm in Baltimore, almost brilliant Dick Hall figured out by his amazing math skills how many raindrops had fallen on the dugout during the delay.
“The Yankees series was wonderfully exciting,” Stone said. “The first time I beat them in that series, I threw all fastballs and curve balls. The second time it was all fastballs and sliders. I went with two different plans. That Yankees team had some good left-handed hitters and I went 3-0. I had never beaten them before.”
I was always amazed by the 1962 season by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Tommy Davis.
That 1971 season, powerful Jim Fuller hit 33 homers and drove in 110 runs.
On December 9th, 1965, The Cincinnati Reds dealt us four American League pennants and two World Championships. It’s as simple as that.
By the 1980 season, he was a regular at Orioles games. That season he notched career highs in games (64) and saves (26). His method of operation was simple. He was there to blow fastballs by American League hitters.