There’s nothing like an Orioles game and a Bohtini to make an ordinary summer a Baltimore summer. You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying “We bleed purple in the winter and orange in the summer.” It couldn’t be more true. You already know that we bleed orange at CVP Towson and we’re excited that the O’s are currently first in the American League, with a 3 game lead on the Blue Jays (plus, anytime we’re beating the Yankees is reason for celebration). In honor of the O’s current standings, we thought we’d bring you a brief history of the team!
How the Orioles became the Orioles
The Orioles started out about 1,200 miles west of Baltimore in St. Louis, Missouri. After a pretty miserable 54-100 season, the owners agreed to move the St. Louis Browns (the name change came later) to Baltimore in the fall of 1953. Even though they didn’t do a lot better directly after the move, Baltimore natives embraced them almost at once, drawing over a million people to the home games during their first season in the city.
The Orioles started to show their value in the 60s as they steadily improved their game and acquired great players such as Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile, Ron Hansen, Steve Barber, and Jim Palmer. They won their first World Series title in 1966, beating out the LA Dodgers 13-2 in a four game sweep. It was impressive for a team that hadn’t had a whole lot of success up until then. They continued working hard through the 60s and became the team to beat.
The 1970s boded well for them, too. They clinched another World Series win and fought their way to the top with a lot of skill and a little bit of “Orioles Magic.” Earl Weaver was voted Manager of the Year in 1973 and the team enjoyed having great players such as Al Brumby, Brooks Robinson, and Mike Flanagan. Cal Ripken Jr. joined the team in 1982 and changed the face of Orioles history as one of the best players to ever step on the field. They took the title again in 1983 because of him and a few other choice players. Though there were some snags to overcome in the 80s, they came back strong in the 90s, beginning 1992 in the brand new Camden Yards stadium and continued to break records. The 2000s were a little rough for a while, but we’re starting to see some Orioles Magic again and we couldn’t be more excited!
Enjoy Orioles’ Specials at CVP Towson
We’ve got food and drink specials during Orioles games, so come on out and bleed orange with us. We can always use more people in the cheering section and we look forward to seeing you there! If you need directions or are curious about upcoming events, our website contains all the information you need or you can give us a call at 410.821.8155