Missed Out

As I have grown older, I realized that I was missing out on something special. From 1991 to now there have been alot of new stadiums built in baseball, which means lots of opportunity to go see new ones, but also means some that will be considered classics one day have been missed. Some of the ones replaced were in need of it, and were very basic, cookie cutter stadiums. Others, while old and outdated, were classics already. I will not let the new wave of stadiums pass me by this time. I am dedicated to seeing them all.

While some of these classics are before my time, I sit and wonder what it would have been like to see a game at some of these classic domains. I love the look of some of the classics and am learning more about them daily.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Memorial Stadium, Baltimore MD

This stadium was used by the Orioles from 1954 to 1991, when Camden Yards replaced it. It was also, for a short time, called Babe Ruth Stadium in reference to the then-recently departed Baltimore native. It was also used by the Baltimore Colts until they left for Indy in 1983.

The Orioles went to 6 World Series (1966, 1969-1971, 1979 and 1983), winning 3 of them (1966, 1970 and 1983), there were 4 Most Valuable Player awards (3B Brooks Robinson 1964, OF Frank Robinson 1966, 1B Boog Powell 1970 and SS Cal Ripken Jr. 1983) won by players while it the stadium.

While learning about this stadiums history, I learned some more about the Orioles. They were originally one of the AL's eight charter franchises in 1901. thier first year was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the Milwaukee Brewers for one season before moving to St. Louis to become the St. Louis Browns. They then moved to Baltimore in 1954 and adopted the Orioles name in honor of the official state bird of Maryland.

Another interisting point, the Orioles name had been used by previous major league baseball clubs in Baltimore, including the AL Baltimore Orioles franchise from 1901-1902 that became The New York Yankees. The NL Baltimore Orioles, who were contracted in 1899,when Hall-of-Fame manager took the black and orange team colors to the New York Giants baseball team when he went there.

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