The Baltimore Orioles is a professional baseball team out of Baltimore, Maryland. Members of Major League Baseball’s Eastern Division, the Orioles organization has been around since the team’s inception in 1901.
Originally, the team was based in Milwaukee and was known as the Milwaukee Brewers. However, it moved to St. Louis just one year later and took the name the St. Louis Browns. The team was known as the Browns for more than 50 years before moving to Baltimore in the early 1950s and adopting the Orioles name.
The Orioles moniker comes from the official state bird of Maryland, which is the Oriole. Team nicknames include the “O’s” and the “Birds.” The team’s home stadium is Oriole Park at Camden Yards and official Orioles colors are black, white and orange. Notable players from the Baltimore Orioles franchise include Cal Ripkin, Jr., Eddie Murray, and Jim Palmer. It should be noted that famed coach Cal Ripkin, Sr. was also an integral part of the Orioles organization during the team’s Golden Years.
The Orioles have had a complex and checkered history, made even more complicated by the various moves and name changes in the team’s early years. However, the period of 1966-1983 is known as the team’s Golden Years. During this time, the Orioles spit out a decent number of top-rated players and laid a solid foundation for growth on the field. In fact, the Orioles franchise had 18 consecutive winning seasons, becoming one of the winningest teams in baseball. The height of success for the team was the clinching of the World Series title in 1983, after which things started to go downhill for the Baltimore Orioles.
In fact, in 1986, the Orioles were in last place for the very first time since the team relocated. However, they were the comeback kids a few short years later. Around this same time, the team said goodbye to the stadium they had called home for almost 40 years, and said hello to a new, state of the art facility that set the standard for other fields for the next 20 years. Oriole Park at Camden Yards was --- and still is --- beautiful and awe-inspiring and gave fans renewed hope in their cherished team.
The team started the new millennium with a string of hits and misses, but continues to re-build when necessary, revel in success as it comes and stand strong in its place as one of America’s most beloved baseball franchises.