Let Me Root, Root, Root for the Home Team . . .

. . . . Part Three of a Four Part Series

If you’ve forgotten the 3rd stanza of this catchy baseball tune, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, you can find it here:  http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics,  

Artist rendering of a young Frank Robinson, in the suite of the same name at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Flickr Photo IMG_701 by dbking

The Baltimore Orioles were one of the American League’s “eight charter franchises in 1901,” although they were known then as the Milwaukee Brewers; for one short year, until their move to St. Louis, then becoming the St. Louis Browns.  We won’t delve into their 52- year history as the Browns though (before their move to Baltimore in 1954), since we want to focus on the Orioles, who had their greatest success in the late 60’s and early 70’s, winning four pennant races and two world championships.  Some famous players, who were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, wore the Baltimore Orioles uniform, like Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer, and we can’t forget Cal Ripken Jr. who led the Oriole’s to their 3rd world championship.

Oriole Score Board - Game Time Flickr Photo by See MidTN.com (aka Brent)

A special note here: some teams that relocated in the 50’s (like the Browns) retained their nicknames as a sense of continuity with their past; such as the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves.  Not so with the St. Louis Browns, who were renamed the Baltimore Orioles upon their transfer, “distancing themselves at least somewhat from their history”.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Flickr Photo by Conspiracy of Happiness

Misty M, one of our bloggers shares per personal experience  . . . “I have been to a Baltimore Orioles game with my son, sister and best friend. It was apparent as soon as we entered the stadium that the fans are loyal, all games are nostalgic to those long time fans and exciting to all others in attendance. Camden Yards is located in the heart of Baltimore. There are nearly endless activities for all age groups. Located a few blocks from the stadium is the Baltimore Inner Harbor where locals and tourists can enjoy fine dining, music, and art. I enjoy visiting the aquarium and eating at the Fago de Chao. It is well worth it to explore this area.” . . .

Baltimore Harbor - Flickr Photo by kymagirl

Why not take Misty’s suggestions, and while you are in Baltimore, take advantage of all the great attractions, especially those that are FREE, like visiting The Baltimore Museum of Art, or for a great photo op, why not check out the statues of famous Baltimore sports heroes at the M&T Bank Stadium or at Camden Yards.  If you’re the adventurous type, why not play a little Bocce Ball in Little Italy or climb the 228 steps to the top of the first monument dedicated to George Washington.  Want a little night life, why not cruise Fell’s Point Art Loop where you can spend an evening ‘mingling with artists’ and sample cheese and wine.  Many restaurants in the area are open late and offer specials to night time visitors.

You can also take in an outdoor performance at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, and if you happen to be in town with your pooch, then head to Locust Point Dog Park for the time of their life.  There are 42 more ‘FREE” things to do in Baltimore, and to help you find them, visit this website http://baltimore.org/50-free-things/ or for even more information about Baltimore and its attractions, try this website: http://www.baltimore.biz/



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