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.
Ever want to jump into the television set and pound someone?
Moe Drabowsky’s best prank was the time the Orioles reliever called up the Kansas City bullpen and told them to warm up pitcher Lew Krausse.
We can only hope the 2012 Orioles stay hot and bring us hungry fans some post-season fun. On May 30, 1979 the Orioles were in first place by 2.5 games over the Red Sox. The record was solid enough at 30-18. And then June clicked in on the baseball calendar. The Orioles would lose two [...]
Kind of funny that I got a full apology nearly 30 years later. It’s the 1979 World Series and I’m alone in my Georgetown DC house. The roommates are gone and of course the wonderful Orioles are on television facing the evil Pirates and we are trailing 6-3 heading to the eighth inning of game four in Pittsburgh. But the O’s are threatening and Pittsburgh is forced to bring in ace reliever Kent Tekulve.
There are always moments in a child’s life when something they see doesn’t make sense. When my family moved to Florida in 1969, the move to Sarasota was great because the powerful Baltimore Orioles held spring training there. I was honored to be a bat boy for the day at the park and was on [...]
Of course there were great announcers in Orioles history. Chuck Thompson and Bill O’Donnell come to mind with “Keep the beer cold” and “Go to War, Miss Agnes.” Both were solid baseball announcers who told you what was going on in the game. But when Jon Miller came to town, we were truly blessed. What [...]
We had great seats at the O’s spring training game against the Twins on March 27. Of course we had low expectations about the Orioles but it was a chance to see some baseball in Sarasota. It was hot as heck in the sun and the Twins jumped out early. But as the game went [...]
As a sales representative, I guess this was generous of the Orioles to hand these tickets out to employees. I rode a bus up with fans from our Washington DC office to go to the games. Through these Orioles Nation columns, I found out that the village manager of Lincolnshire, Illinois is also an Orioles [...]
I can recall this clear as day. It’s October 3, 1970 and my friend Dennis’ dad is hovering around his television set in Sarasota, Florida.
It was one of the oddest moments of my five year run in sales with the Orioles. I had come out late from a game through the employee entrance. And there was waiting a large group of fans eagerly looking for the players.