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The Orioles Encyclopedia: A Half Century of History and Highlights
The Orioles Encyclopedia: A Half Century of History and Highlights
by Michael Gesker
Hardcover from The Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 0801891140

The history of the Baltimore Orioles is filled with amazing achievements, inspiring efforts, hilarious antics, and some bitter disappointments. The Orioles Encyclopedia traces the history, triumphs, and follies of the team from 1954 to the present.

Think you know everything about the Orioles? Test your knowledge with this exhaustive guide. The Encyclopedia includes nearly 400 player profiles from Bobo to Zupo, the results of every game since 1954, and short features on managers and coaches. Browse through the seasons chronologically or by the players alphabetically. This comprehensive information is brought to life with more than 350 rarely seen photographs--including 26 color plates--from the Baseball Hall of Fame and the old Baltimore News-American, along with classic photos from the pages of Sport magazine and Sports Illustrated.

The Orioles Encyclopedia recounts the colorful history of this storied and beleaguered program. Perhaps some of the tales and memories found in these pages will inspire a conversation between a father and son, grandfather and granddaughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, old fan and new. With a foreword by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, The Orioles Encyclopedia is the ultimate companion for any baseball fan who wears orange and black.
(2010)

 
Where They Ain t: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball
Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball
by Burt Solomon
Paperback from Main Street Books
Media Published: 2000-
ISBN: 0385498829

In the 1890s, the legendary Baltimore Orioles of the National League [sic] under the tutelage of manager Ned Hanlon, perfected a style of play known as "scientific baseball," featuring such innovations as the sacrifice bunt, the hit- and-run, the squeeze play, and the infamous Baltimore chop. Its best hitter, Wee Willie Keeler, had the motto "keep your eye clear and hit 'em where they ain't"--which he did. He and his colorful teammates, fierce third-baseman John McGraw, avuncular catcher Wibert Robinson, and heartthrob center fielder Joe Kelly, won three straight pennants from 1894 to 1896. But the Orioles were swept up and ultimately destroyed in a business intrigue involving the political machines of three large cities and collusion with the ambitious men who ran the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. Burt Solomon narrates the rise and fall of this colorful franchise as a cautionary tale of greed and overreaching that speaks volumes as well about the enterprise of baseball a century later.

"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" is one of those perfect axioms that begs the question, When is baseball gonna finally remember and get it right? Subtitled "The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball," Solomon's splendidly energetic examination of one of the sport's most powerful and storied franchises stands as a fascinating--and cautionary--study of how a team, regardless of quality, can simply implode. And what a team the Orioles of the 1890s was: manager Ned Hanlon and stars Wee Willie Keeler, John McGraw, Hugh Jennings, Wilbert Robinson, Dan Brouthers, Iron Man McGinnity, and Joe Kelley all deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. As a unit, they created "scientific baseball," redefining the way the game was played and dominating the National League. Yet, by 1903, to Baltimore's horror and confusion, there were no more Orioles. A series of self-destructive choices successfully conspired to export their best players to Brooklyn and remove the franchise--now a member of the American League and playing in New York as the Highlanders--from the Major League standings for nearly half a century.

A fine reporter and writer, Solomon does a remarkable job of bringing the past into the present, exploring how little has changed in terms of baseball business and organizational stupidity through the years. With its marvelous cast of real--and fully realized--characters, Where They Ain't reads as much like a novel as it does like history, and though we know how it ends, it remains an important story worth telling, learning from, and certainly remembering. --Jeff Silverman

 
From 33rd Street to the Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles
From 33rd Street to the Camden Yards: An Oral History of the Baltimore Orioles
by John Eisenberg
Paperback from McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0071384251
 
"The first great baseball book of 2001."

Booklist (starred review)

In this stirring account, award-winning sports writer John Eisenberg brings to life the epic saga of baseball's winningest franchise from 1960 to 1997. In From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, the Orioles' story is told using the voices of the players, managers, coaches, owners, and fans who helped make the Baltimore Orioles a secular religion in the city that calls itself Baseball City USA.
 
The Glory of the 1966 Orioles and Baltimore
The Glory of the 1966 Orioles and Baltimore
by Mark Millikin
Paperback from Saint Johann Press
Media Published: 2006-
ISBN: 1878282468
 
The Orioles Fan s Little Book of Wisdom
The Orioles Fan's Little Book of Wisdom
by Bucky Fox
Paperback from Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 1589793463

Since the Orioles' flight into Baltimore, stars from Brooks Robinson to Miguel Tejada have shot across baseball's stratosphere. This swingin' team keeps the hits flying. Out of the park. Off the charts. How high? To the world title in 1966, starring Frank Robinson. To baseball's top in 1970, thanks to MVP Boog Powell. To a third world crown in 1983, with Rick Dempsey putting on a show. To a consecutive-game record, performed by Cal Ripken Jr. To a baseball-best six All-Star Game MVPs, including Roberto Alomar. Orioles fans! Come get your fill of their thrills, smash hits, and sky-high spirit right here.
 
Oriole Magic: The O s of 83
Oriole Magic: The O's of '83
by Thom Loverro
Hardcover from Triumph Books
ISBN: 157243564X

That great season is resurrected with candid, colorful interviews and stories from every key member of the 1983 Orioles World Series Championship team along with detailed narrative about the major events throughout the season.
 
A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters, and the Battle for the 1897 Pennant
A Game of Brawl: The Orioles, the Beaneaters, and the Battle for the 1897 Pennant
by Bill Felber
Hardcover from University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803211368
It was probably the most cutthroat pennant race in baseball history. And it was a struggle to define how baseball would be played. This book recreates the rowdy, season-long 1897 battle between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Beaneaters. The Orioles had acquired a reputation as the dirtiest team in baseball. Future Hall of Famers John McGraw, Wee Willie Keeler, and Foxy" Ned Hanlon were proven winners but their nasty tactics met with widespread disapproval among fans. So it was that their pennant race with the comparatively saintly Beaneaters took on a decidedly moralistic air.Bill Felber brings to life the most intensely watched team sporting event in the country's history to that time. His book captures the drama of the final week, as the race came down to a three-game series. And finally, it conveys the madness of the third and decisive game, when thirty thousand fans literally knocked down the gates and walls of a facility designed to hold ten thousand to watch the Beaneaters grind out a win and bring down baseball's first and most notorious evil empire.(20070108)
 
Orioles Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! (Essential (Triumph))
Orioles Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! (Essential (Triumph))
by Thom Loverro
Hardcover from Triumph Books
ISBN: 1572438320

The Baltimore Orioles are one of baseball's most vibrant and beloved franchises, and everything you need to know about them is in Orioles Essential: the clutch hitters, the dominating pitchers, and the memorable flakes. Looking for a handy reference for milestones in Orioles history? It's here, as are the greatest moments and biggest disappointments, the biggest goats and heroes, and all the personalities that make the O's such an endearing and captivating club. Included are the remarkable moments that made Hall of Fame legends Jim Palmer and Frank Robinson, World Series heroes Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray, and today's stars Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard. They're all here in a fun, fact-filled compilation of Orioles history.
 
Baltimore Orioles: Where Have You Gone?
Baltimore Orioles: Where Have You Gone?
by Jeff Seidel
Hardcover from Sports Publishing
ISBN: 1582619549

Baltimore Orioles: Where Have You Gone? is a unique look at what a number of former Orioles personalities have gone on to do in life since their playing careers ended. Author Jeff Seidel spoke with a wide-ranging number of former Baltimore players, from stars like Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson, to those who had only their "15 minutes" of fame, like Dave Criscione and John Stefero. A common thread seems to be how many of the former Orioles stayed in baseball in some form, like Ripken, who started his own minor-league team in Aberdeen, Maryland, something that´s clearly close to his heart; or former catcher Andy Etchebarren, a longtime minor-league manager and coach.

All of the players had interesting stories to tell. There´s Chris Hoiles, the tough, gritty catcher forced out of the game too early by injuries, but who then found joy in helping coach a college team near his home as he watches his two boys grow up. There are guys like Criscione, who was with the team for about six weeks during the 1977 season as the Orioles were doing battle with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for the American League East crown. The backup catcher came up with a few big hits, however, while also becoming a father for the first time, making him an instant fan favorite. He never made it back to the majors again but became a very successful college coach. There´s Mike Flanagan, the Cy Young Award-winning lefty who anchored the Orioles pitching staff in the late ´70s and early ´80s, finally becoming the team´s pitching coach and co-general manager.

Baltimore Orioles: Where Have You Gone? also features men like Tommy Davis, the team´s first designated hitter, who tells how he came up with a key base hit after nearly missing his at-bat because he was talking on the clubhouse telephone; Doug DeCinces, faced with the cruel task of taking over for Brooks Robinson at third base, talking about the huge pressure he faced and how he truly appreciated playing for the Orioles; and finally the legendary Robinson himself, still a fan favorite nearly 30 years after retiring, telling how he told the Chicago White Sox thanks, but no thanks, when they asked him about managing.

 
The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis (Writing Baseball)
The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis (Writing Baseball)
by Frederick G. Lieb
Paperback from Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 0809326191
With a legacy that spans two fiercely loyal baseball towns a half-nation apart, the Baltimore Orioles originally the St. Louis Browns rank among baseball's most storied teams. One of the fifteen celebrated team histories commissioned by G. P. Putnam's Sons in the 1940s and 1950s, The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis chronicles the club's early history and is reissued on the fiftieth anniversary of their first season in Baltimore.

Hall of Fame sportswriter Frederick G. Lieb begins with the history of baseball in Baltimore from its pre-Civil War beginnings and its major-league debut as the Lord Baltimores in 1872 to the championship seasons of the National League Orioles in 1894, '95, and '96 when the roster included Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley, Kid Gleason, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and John McGraw. After the turn of the century, Baltimore was briefly home to the Orioles of the American League in 1901-02, then, after losing its franchise to New York, had to settle for the AAA International League Orioles until 1954. Under the leadership of Jack Dunn, the minor-league Orioles, while developing the talents of Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, and other future major-league stars, won seven straight International League pennants from 1919 to 1926.

Here, too, is the colorful history of the precursors to the current Orioles, the lovable and luckless St. Louis Browns, augmented for this edition with a new foreword from St. Louis sportswriter Bob Broeg on the escapades of the Brownies. Though they lost more than a thousand games and captured only a single pennant in fifty-three seasons, the Browns remain a legendary part of national lore. Taking their lead in different eras from larger-than-life figures such as Branch Rickey, Rogers Hornsby, Urban Shocker, and the Barnum of Baseball, Bill Veeck, the Browns boasted a one-armed outfielder, a hired hypnotist, the mighty midget [Eddie Gaedel] and even the best ballplayer in the land George Sisler," as Broeg recalls in his foreword. In 1944, the Browns also played in the only all-St. Louis World Series, losing to the Cardinals.

Originally published in 1955 and featuring twenty-two photographs, The Baltimore Orioles history concludes with the new American League team's first season in Baltimore, finishing seventh in the league but garnering the lasting adoration of their new hometown.

 
The Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team (Great Sports Teams)
by David Pietrusza
(Library Binding)

The Baltimore Orioles: Four Decades of Magic from 33rd Street to Camden Yards
by Ted Patterson, Brooks Robinson
(Paperback)

Baltimore Orioles (America's Game)
by Paul Joseph
(School & Library Binding)

Where They Ain't : The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball
by Burt Solomon
"Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" is one of those perfect axioms that begs the question, When is baseball gonna finally remember and get it right? Subtitled "The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball," Solomon's splendidly energetic examination of one of the sport's most powerful and storied franchises stands as a fascinating--and cautionary--study of how a team, regardless of quality, can simply implode. And what a team the Orioles of the 1890s was: manager Ned Hanlon and stars Wee Willie Keeler, John McGraw, Hugh Jennings, Wilbert Robinson, Dan Brouthers, Iron Man McGinnity, and Joe Kelley all deserve their plaques in Cooperstown. As a unit, they created "scientific baseball," redefining the way the game was played and dominating the National League. Yet, by 1903, to Baltimore's horror and confusion, there were no more Orioles. A series of self-destructive choices successfully conspired to export their best players to Brooklyn and remove the franchise--now a member of the American League and playing in New York as the Highlanders--from the Major League standings for nearly half a century.
A fine reporter and writer, Solomon does a remarkable job of bringing the past into the present, exploring how little has changed in terms of baseball business and organizational stupidity through the years. With its marvelous cast of real--and fully realized--characters, Where They Ain't reads as much like a novel as it does like history, and though we know how it ends, it remains an important story worth telling, learning from, and certainly remembering. --Jeff Silverman - Amazon.com
Paperback: 342 pages
Main Street Books; ISBN: 0385498829; (March 14, )

Day-by-Day in Baltimore Orioles History
by Ted Patterson
(Paperback)

John McGraw
by Charles C. Alexander
Listed under Baseball History

Rafael Palmeiro: At Home With the Balitmore Orioles
by Ed Brandt
(Paperback)

A Personal Tour of Camden Yards (How It Was)
by Robert Young
(Library Binding)

Nine Innings
by Daniel Okrent, et al
(Paperback)
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