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Orioles honor the Greatest Oriole of all times!

Posted on: April 28, 2012 9:54 am
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After the 1965 season the Orioles traded Milt Pappas to Cincinnati for the "over the hill" Frank Robinson. Frank was a rookie of the year and a NL MVP for the Reds.  The Orioles came close in 1963 when they had pennant feaver but were stuck.  The Orioles made two moves that put them over the top.  Besides getting Frank they added All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio from the Chicago White Sox and traded former rookie of the year, Ron Hansen.

Immediately in 1966 Frank Robinson became the leader of the Orioles both on and off the field.  On the field he won the triple crown, first in home runs, RBI and batting average.  He was the first to accomplish that feat since Mickey Mantle in 1956.  Off the field he created the Orioles (then famous) kangaroo court.  He would preside as judge and fine players $1.00 for making mental errors or not getting someone home in an RBI situation.  He brought a sense of family and responsibility to the Orioles which had never been seen before.  The term "The Oriole Way" was created by the Ripken family but the Oriole Way was created by Frank.  I was fortuante enough to watch his solo shot off of Don Drysdale in game 4 of the 4-0 sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I was sitting in the upper deck behind the Orioles 3rd base dugout.

I think it was 1970 when he slid into second base and injured himself having double vision.  Although he was never the same on the field his short six year stint with the Orioles is the largest single contribution any player has ever made.  Sorry Cal.

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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Orioles honor the Greatest Oriole of all times!

Cal Ripken is hands down the greatest Oriole. Sorry man, but Ripken was one of the greatest baseball players ever. He should be a role model for generations to come. No Prima Donna crap. Very Pete Rose esque: not a lot of talent but a lot of hard work and preserverence. That is what baseball is all about.



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2012 10:39 am
 

Orioles honor the Greatest Oriole of all times!

I'd have to argue that Brooks Robinson was the greatest Oriole ever. He didn't just make one contribution, he made 16 consecutive contributions. He also has a statue of himself in Baltimore city. Although Robinson has 2 statues, both are in ballparks. One at Camden Yards and the other at Great American Ballpark. Brooks Robinson was also the first Oriole to be announced at a game in '91 honoring all Oriole greats! He also spent his entire 23 year career with the Orioles (MLB record?) whereas Frank played with multiple teams, most notabily the Orioles and Reds.



Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2012 11:56 am
 

Orioles honor the Greatest Oriole of all times!

Don’t be sorry, DS. Cal Ripken’s gotten fan-love to last 1000 people a lifetime.

Your choice for greatest all-time Oriole is right on point. Frank Robinson was a gem and too often (as Ernie Banks) is left out of the discussion of greatest non-pitching players in his era (Mays / Mantle / Aaron / etc).

Second GAT Oriole? Toss-up: Brooks Robinson or Jim Palmer. Cal gets fourth.


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