Baltimore Orioles History: A Chronicle of Excellence andCollapseBy T AgeeThe Baltimore Orioles started their tenure in Baltimore in 1954. Before this, they were the St. Louis Browns (andbriefly before that they were the original Milwaukee Brewers).Although the team lost a hundred games that year, they made a move that would eventually help them to becomeone of the best teams in the sport -- they hired Paul Richards as manager/general manager. Richards helped to instillsound baseball fundamentals in the organization from top to bottom. These fundamentals would soon take root andproduce championship caliber teams for decades into the future.But these championships would not come right away. It took another three years for the team to reach the.500 mark.Soon, however, the team was filled with high-caliber young players. It would only take a little experience for the teamto come together.A key component in the team coming together was the hiring of Lee MacPhail. MacPhail helped to shore up theorganizations scouting staff -- another move that would serve the Orioles well in decades to come.Although Richards was a key element in getting the team off the ground, he left the Orioles in 1961 before they sawmajor success. He took a job as general manager for the Colt 45s in Houston.In 1964, future Orioles great, third baseman Brooks Robinson, had a stellar season. Always a defensive master,Robinson showed up strong on the offensive side and won the MVP, and the Orioles competed for the covetedAmerican League pennant in a three-way race with the White Sox and the Yankees. Although they didnt win thepennant that year, the team could be said to have finally arrived. They were serious contenders and a force to bereckoned with.In the winter of 1965 the Orioles traded for superstar Frank Robinson. That move was the final piece of the puzzle forthe Orioles. Robinson won the MVP award in 1966, and the Orioles took the World Series -- sweeping the LosAngeles Dodgers in four straight games.
Three years later, in 1969, the Orioles would be back in the World Series (this time against the New York Mets).Although they lost this series, it would make the beginning of the three straight years that the team went to the WorldSeries. They would win the series again in 1970, but then fall victim to the Oakland As in 1971.In the 71 year, four Orioles pitchers managed to win twenty game each (Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally,and Pat Dobson). This feat had never been done before and has never been repeated since.Although the Orioles would miss the playoffs the following year, they would be back in postseason the next two years(73 & 74).Although the team would be filled with familiar names to baseball fans, the Os didnt manage to return to the playoffsagain until 1979, a year that garnered the Cy Young Award for pitcher Mike Flanagan. The team also returned to theWorld Series that year; however, they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates.Throughout the most glorious years up this point, the Orioles skipper was the famed Earl Weaver. Weaver, known forhis color ways and devotion to statistics, was an innovator. After the 1982 season, however, Weaver stepped downand was replaced by Joe Altobelli. Altobelli and a young kid named Cal Ripken, Jr. helped lead the Orioles to anotherWorld Series championship the following year. Ripken also won the MVP in that year.The next five years or so would be tough ones for the Orioles. They would see losing records and record-settinglosing streaks (0-21 to start the 1988 season).In 1992, there was an atmosphere of renewal as the team moved from its old home in Memorial Stadium on 33rdStreet to the brand new Orioles Park at Camden Yards. However it would take another few years before the Orioleswould see the playoffs again in 1996 and 1997.In 1998, the teams misfortune returned, and they went from a playoff club to a losing season. Although filled withhope at various times since, the Orioles have not seen a winning record since the 1997 season.Today, the Orioles have a renewed sense of optimism and a young club of promising players. As they struggle to getback .500 baseball, and eventually another World Series, Orioles fans everywhere hope the future will be as bright asthe past.To see more about the Baltimore Orioles visit Orioles News for daily updates on the team.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=T_Ageehttp://EzineArticles.com/?Baltimore-Orioles-History:-A-Chronicle-of-Excellence-and-Collapse&id=6360795For the current live Baltimore Orioles Sports event schedule and for live Baltimore Orioles Sports event tickets visitthe Baltimore Orioles sports event page or the Sports events page at Nutzforstuff Event Promotions.