The Baltimore Orioles franchise have been members of the American League since its inception in 1901, while the franchise was established in 1894 as the Milwaukee Brewers, before moving to St. Louis to play as the Browns from 1902 to 1953. The team began play in Maryland at Memorial Stadium, sporting their new nickname, in honor of the state bird. Since making nest in Baltimore, the Birds have won three World Series titles, their most recent coming in 1983, while winning six American League Pennants, as well as eight divisional titles.
The franchise enjoyed the majority of its success from 1966 to 1983, culminating with their third World Series win during that span, including title seasons in 1966 and 1970. It was then that the Orioles saw many of their greats come to the plate or take the mound, as teams boasted a number of Hall of Fame players. The Orioles had four pitchers win 20 games or more in 1971, one of the only teams to ever feature such depth in its rotation. To go along with the aces, Eddie Murray provided the power, making his debut for the team in 1977 slugging 343 of his 504 home runs as a member of the O’s, all while sporting one of the best mustaches in baseball.
Of course, other greats had donned the black and orange before that time, including baseball legends Brooks Robinson, considered by some to be the best infielder of all time, as well as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The team was led by Earl Weaver during the glory years of their success, who was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, honoring his three World Championships.
The team was also introduced to perhaps their most famous player, Cal Ripken Jr., in 1981, as he quickly led the team to the 1983 title, winning the MVP along the way. Ripken joined his brother and father on the team for a brief time, marking a family affair in Major League baseball. The homegrown Maryland kid would go on to break Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games played streak, suiting up for 2632 consecutive games. Ripken was named All-Star 19 times, while collecting two MVP awards.
Prior to the 2012 season, the Baltimore Orioles had not made the playoffs since 1997. Still, with legendary Buck Showalter as manager and new uniforms introduced last season, Baltimore continues to celebrate the rich baseball tradition.