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Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baseball memories are a field of dreams in Carroll County and other Oriole Baseball stories By Kevin Dayhoff

By Kevin Dayhoff, February 26, 2012

In 1895 local newspapers, “carried a baseball column every week in the spring editions,” according to research by historian and Maryland State Senator Joe Getty.

Getty wrote about his research in the early 1990s for the Historical Society of Carroll County. “Following the Civil War, the sport of baseball became increasingly popular in Carroll County. Large groups of spectators would gather at the local ballfields to watch their friends and neighbors take on the baseball clubs from nearby communities. The games not only provided entertainment but also competitive outlets for rivalries between Carroll County's towns and villages.”

Many readers have shared that some of their best childhood memories centered on sports, especially baseball; whether it was pick-up neighborhood baseball or attending local Little League or Babe Ruth League baseball games.

When I visited the Orioles spring training practice in Sarasota on February 23, I enjoyed chatting with the team’s Director of Public Relations, Monica Barlow, from Ellicott City.

“It’s the 20th anniversary season of Camden Yards…,” said Barlow. “You know it’s considered to the ‘the ball park that forever changed baseball.’ (Now,) It’s the tenth-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball… and every ballpark since has been inspired by – or used (design) elements from the (Camden) Yard(s.)

“We have a number of renovations (planned for Camden Yards) that we’re excited about…,” continued Ms. Barlow. “Most notably the six retired-number sculptures…”

According to the Orioles website, “Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the beautiful baseball-only facility in downtown Baltimore, became the official home of the Orioles on April 6, 1992.”

After last week’s column, some readers were curious about where the early Orioles teams played. Before Camden Yards, many of us have fond memories of attending games in the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street.

Memorial Stadium was the home of the American League Orioles from April 15, 1954 to October 6, 1991. However, according to numerous sources, including, “The Baltimore Orioles of the International League played the first game at Memorial Stadium on April 20, 1950.”

When the Baltimore Orioles were a part of the “American Association League,” from1882 to 1889, the team played at a stadium called “Oriole Park,” which was located at 25th Street and Greenmount Avenue. Between 1889 and 1950, the team played in a number of locations.

Beginning around 1916 the team played at a wooden stadium, Terrapin Park at the corner of 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue, until it burned to the ground on July 3, 1944.

And, for the reader who asked; yes, the former Federal League Baltimore Terrapins baseball team (1914-1915) was a primary party in the famous May 29, 1922 Supreme Court decision in the Federal Baseball Club v. National League suit. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. wrote the majority opinion which determined that baseball was not subject to the Sherman Antitrust Act…,0,4207984.story

February 25, 2012 by a score of 9 to 7." When he's not trying out as a walk-on candidate for Orioles' spring training,

February 9, 2012 ...ball ... providing for both men and women." When is not walking in circles on the track at McDaniel College

February 4, 2012 ... They are desperate men and declared that they would not be taken alive." When he not hiding under the sofa

Eagle Archive: High school basketball has always been a great remedy for cabin fever January 29, 2012 ...schoolroom in which basketball was conducted." When is he not bouncing a basketball around in the living room,

February 15, 2012 ... had assembled as early as the night before to witness the hanging. When he's not stooped over pouring milk,

December 14, 2011 ... keep us safe for the Christmas season . God bless them for their work. When he is not Christmas shopping,

January 5, 2012 ... apologize to readers for ... such depressing news." When he is not singing, "Don't Worry, Be Happy,"

January 15, 2012 BY KEVIN DAYHOFF, ... 848-6494. When he is not marching around the house, waving the flag and singing "The Star Spangled Banner,"

20120314 seo Recent articles in ExploreCarroll com by Kevin Dayhoff

Wednesday, February 29, 2012: Kevin Dayhoff - The Tentacle: #Orioles Spring Training - Opera without the singing or the horses Kevin Dayhoff - The Tentacle: #Orioles Spring Training - Opera without the singing or the horses

February 9, 2012: Eagle Archive McDaniel's new Gill Stadium will take its place in college's athletic history  By Kevin Dayhoff,,0,3363909.story

Wednesday, February 22, 2012: - #Orioles #Baseball spring training & the “Magic” of Jackie Robinson Wednesday, -,0,6575174.story: Eagle Archive #Sports #History: In 1885, #Westminster did a little #Orioles bird hunting on the diamond

Sunday, February 26, 2012: - Florida Spring Training History: Wrestling Alligators and Cash - Spring training in Florida has had a colorful history with the temptations of the warm climate for players and temptations of cash for owners. By Kevin E. Dayhoff




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