The Orioles have been a part of Major League Baseball for more than a century now, sporting some of the best teams and players in baseball history. Before moving to Baltimore, the Orioles played their home games in St. Louis as the St. Louis Browns. In more than five decades of baseball as the Browns, the team posted just 12 winning seasons, reaching the playoffs only once. Things changed and the Orioles became one of the best teams in baseball in the late 1960s thanks to the play of future Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer. In 1966 the Orioles made the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history, and rode that momentum to a 4-0 World Series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the organization’s first title. Baltimore made three straight World Series from 1969 to 1971, but only won one of those three series. The Orioles won their most recent World Series in 1983, when an aging Palmer teamed with two more future Hall of Famers—Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. Following the World Series Baltimore went on a postseason drought that didn’t end until 1997, when the Orioles made back-to-back playoff appearances only to be knocked out in the ALCS both years. Baltimore has retired the numbers of six players in franchise history.
2016 Baltimore Orioles Season Preview
2014 was a banner year for the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles exploded out of the gate and finished the regular season with a 96-66 record and the AL East Crown. The division title was the first for the Baltimore Orioles since 1997 and represented a 3 year resurgence by the club. Orioles manager Buck Showalter earned Manager of the Year honors and newly acquired slugger Nelson Cruz had one of the best seasons of his career. Baltimore swept the Tigers in the ALDS before falling to the Royals in the ALCS.
The 2015 Baltimore Orioles look to make the last little push forward to get the club into the World Series. But the Orioles will have to do so without some of their key pieces from last season, including Nelson Cruz, Joe Saunders, and Alexi Casilla. Baltimore will hope the Chris Davis has a bounce back season and rely on newcomers Mark Hendrickson and Everth Cabrera. The Baltimore Orioles look to be tough again in 2015 and should be in the race with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees for the AL East Crown into September.
Baltimore Orioles Baseball at Oriole Park at Camden Yard Address: 333 West Camden Street Baltimore, MD 21201
The Orioles play their home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, located in Baltimore, Maryland. When filled to capacity, Oriole Park holds nearly 46,000 screaming fans. A newer park built to resemble the playing fields of the old days, Camden Yards is also home to Sports Legends, an interactive tour of Maryland sports heritage. TicketCity is the best place to buy your Baltimore Orioles tickets.
Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
These two teams have a lot in common. The Yankees began their playing days in Baltimore, before later relocating to New York. The Orioles moved twice, before settling in Baltimore in the early 1950’s. Both were founding members of the AL East in 1969, and have combined for a quarter of a hundred division titles since then. Where the baseball media may focus on Yankees Red Sox, baseball fans on the east coast know this as one of the better rivalries in baseball.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox
This matchup has taken it to the next level over the last half-decade and deserves a spot in the conversation for the best rivalry over that period. With one of the craftiest front-offices in the AL, the Orioles have put together a young, exciting, and competitive team. Even though the AL East is often the deepest division in baseball, the Orioles and Red Sox have set themselves apart from the rest, and promise to produce some of the best games in the coming decade.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals
This brand new rivalry is known as the Beltway Series, or the Battle of the Beltways. After relocating from Montreal in 2005, the Washington Nationals were in need of some new rivals. The proximity of the two towns made the Orioles a perfect fit, and in 2006 the rivalry was born. Since then both teams have risen from the middle of the pack, to the elite teams in their respective leagues, and whenever they meet on the field there is more than regional pride on the line.
Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
Led by a group of hall of famers in manager Earl Weaver, pitcher Jim Palmer, third baseman Brooks Robinson, and outfielder Frank Robinson, the Baltimore Orioles dominated the late 1960s and through the 1970s. The Orioles won six division titles, five AL pennants including a stretch of three in a row, and a World Series title during that span. Overall, Baltimore has won more than two World Series and 7+ division titles.
Baltimore Orioles Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to an Orioles game?
Gates A and H open 2 hours before game time at Camden Yards. All other gates open 90 minutes before the first pitch.
Where are good places to eat before an Orioles game?
Located in the heart of Baltimore, The Yard is surrounded by some of the city’s best dining options. If you are looking for a great sports bar try Henninger’s Tavern, HomeSlyce 336, or Sliders Bar & Grill. Barbeque fans should check out Harborque, or Midtown BBQ & Brew. For those looking for something a little more upscale, visit Charleston Restaurant, or The Capital Grille. Of the dozens of good Italian food restaurants close to Camden Yards, we recommend Sotto Sopra, La Tavola, or Pasticcio. If you are looking to try something new, try Ebenezer Ethiopian Restaurant, you will not be disappointed. Other great places in the area are Pabu, Fork & Wrench, and Nick’s Rotisserie.
Where is the best place to park at Oriole Park at Camden Yards?
Parking at Camden Yards is condensed to a few major areas. The vast majority of parking is located on the south side of the stadium. Parking lot A is the most convenient parking area, located on the north side of Lee Street just south of home plate. Farther south from Lot A are Lots B, C, L, and K, which are on the north side of Hamburg Street in between Paca and Howard. There is a small amount of parking located just to the east of Camden Yards at the North and East Warehouse lots which are on the west side of Howard Street just south of Camden. Baltimore also has great public transportation to and from The Yard. There are Metro, Light Rail, and Bus services that drop off close to the stadium, and allow you to avoid the hassle of driving and parking altogether.
Does my child need a ticket to attend an Orioles game?
Children 2 years old and older must have a ticket to enter Camden Yards. All children under 2 years old will be allowed to enter the stadium without a ticket, but must sit on a parent’s lap for the duration of the game.