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.
My most bizarre moment with Earl Sidney Weaver came during his second administration which is rarely talked about. That’s because it should have never happened.
My 11-year-old was horrified. He couldn’t understand how we could have a meeting with the 1969 Sporting News Rookie of the Year and all his dad wanted to talk about with Carlos May was events surrounding the life of his older brother.
Stinking Chicago. I still recall the conversation with a local sportswriter who knew baseball well. I dropped the name of Ken Singleton to him sometime in the mid 1990s. It rang no bells. He thought I was thinking of Chris Singleton. Even when Chris Singleton joined the Birds for the 2002 season, I never really thought of Chris Singleton.
The Orioles took awhile to figure out the marketing game. Recall, those great playoff years of 1969-71, the attendance figures barely topped a 1,000,000 every year. Or add up three World Series seasons and you won’t get what the Orioles received in the fan department in the 1997 season (3,711,132).
Orioles fans have special memories of Mike Flanagan. The Cy Young Award season of 1979 stands out.
It’s still hard to swallow that 75 percent of the four twenty-game winners from 1971 are now deceased. That includes the crafty Cuban Mike Cuellar and the Snake, Pat Dobson. And on Dec. 1, 2002, cancer claimed the life of Billings, Montana’s David Arthur McNally.
It wasn’t until 2003 when I decided I wanted to write a book about Steve Stone’s stunning year in Baltimore.
Looking back on old Orioles DVDs and Brooks Robinson’s outstanding defense.