The Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles is a professional baseball team from Baltimore. It is a member of the “American League (AL) East Division.” The first year of the team was in Milwaukee in its first year. It was popular as the “Milwaukee Brewers” during that time. The name of the team became “St. Louis Browns” in 1902. Clarence Miles and Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. bought the team in November 1953. The current owner of the team is Peter Angelos. The team’s name, “Baltimore Orioles,” is a tribute to the “official state bird of Maryland.” It also has the nickname “O’s” and the “Birds.”

Quick Info 
Full NameBaltimore Orioles
Date Of Establishment1902
Owner(s)Peter Angelos
CEOJohn P. Angelos
General MangerMike Elias
Club ValuationUSD $1.4 billion

Baltimore Orioles was enjoying successful years between 1966 and 1983. It appeared six times the “World Series.” The team also won three of the “World Series” in 1966, 1970, and 1983. Brooks Robinson (Third baseman), Frank Robinson (outfielder), Jim Palmer (Pitcher), Eddie Murray (first baseman), Cal Ripken Jr. (Shortstop), Earl Weaver (manager) were some of the members of the team during that time. Most of these players have also popular as the “Hall of Famers.” The team has also won nine championships in the division category, “wild card berths” here times and pennants six times.

Baltimore Orioles
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Moreover, the team had also faced a lot of seasonal losses. It has continuously lost fourteen seasons between 1998 and 2011. During the managerial period of  Buck Showalter, the team succeeded in qualifying three times for the postseason. The general manager of the team was Dan Duquette. The team even won the “Division Title.” It also succeeded in entering the “American League Championship Series” after seventeen years in 2014. The team lost a total of 115 games in 2018. Brandon Hyde is the current manager of the team. Mike Elias is the executive vice president and general manager of the team.

History

Early Years

The journey of the Baltimore Oriole seems to have started back in 1877. It was during the reorganization of the “minor Western League.” This was the time when the name of the team was “Milwaukee Brewers.” The team played its first match against the “Detroit Tigers” during the “American League.” They ended the season by holding the eighth ranking in the league in a year.

1900’s

Baltimore Oriole shifted to Milwaukee in 1902. The team succeeded to win most of the games during the 1920s. After this period, the team started to show bad results in the game. The team started even facing financial burdens. Things had even become quite tough for the team even to manage a stadium in 1953. The owner of the club, Bill Veeck sold it to a businessman of Baltimore. Krieger Hoffberger group, the new owner of the team, named the group to “Baltimore Orioles.” The name was before used by the “National League Team” in the 1890s. This name becomes fits and popular due to its historical values. 

Baltimore Orioles
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Moreover, John McGraw along with Baltimore succeeded to gain an expansion franchise. The team transferred to New York in 1903. This also gave them their nickname “Highlanders” and “Yanks” or “Yankees.” It also participated in the “AAA level” during 1903 and 1953. The stadium of the team burned down. Then, the team started playing in the “Municipal Stadium” in 1944. There the team succeeded to win the “Junior World Series.” The match succeeded in gathering many crowds in the stadium and resulted in the expanding team in Baltimore.  

1950’s

Baltimore Oriole came back to Baltimore on 15th April, after the beginning of the “1954 campaign.” It faced the “Chicago White Sox” in the home opening match at the “Memorial Stadium.” The team won the match. It succeeded to gather a crowd of 46,354 during the afternoon of the match. There were still a lot of loopholes in the managing of the team that was making the owner dissatisfied.

Paul Richards, after becoming the manager of the team, started the journey of victories for the club on 14th September 1954. This also began a new journey of “Oriole Way.” Lee MacPhail became the general manager of the club on 5th November 1958. Lee even became the president of the team in the middle of December 1959.

Baltimore Orioles
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1960’s

Things started to change in the 1960s. There were several changes in the players and coaches. The team succeeded to win eighteen seasons in a row during the “1968-1985.” It takes those years as “Glory years.” The team had been playing in the “Memorial Stadium” for thirty years. It pended their journey in the stadium after the ending of the “1991 campaign.” The team started playing from the “Oriole Park at Camden Yards” in 1992. The stadium became a huge platform for the “1993 All-Star Game.”  

2010’s

The team went through a lot of ups and downs in the new stadium. It was earning both losses and victories in the place. The team enjoyed the successful era between the “2012-2016 season.” It also had to face the defeat in the “2017 season.” Their record was “75-87,” and the ranking was last in the “East Division.” It also won 110 matches in the 2018 season. Their record was “54-108” in the 2019 season.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Baltimore Orioles is active on social media platforms. It goes with the name of “orioles” on Instagram with 425K followers and “Baltimore Orioles” on Twitter with 781.6K. The Facebook page “Baltimore Orioles” has 1.1 million followers. All the latest news of the team can be taken from www.mlb.com/orioles.

Club Valuation

The exact net worth of Baltimore Oriole is not clear. According to forbes.com, its team value is $1.4 billion. The data is from April 2020.

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