The Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are an American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland who compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) East division. The franchise was one of eight AL charter franchises in 1901 starting life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis, Missouri to become the St. Louis Browns. They spent just over half a century in St Louis before moving to Baltimore for the 1954 season and adopted the historic "Orioles" name in honor of the official state bird of Maryland. Club colors are black, orange and white and nicknames for the team include the "O's" and the "Birds".
The Orioles experienced their greatest success from 1964 to 1983 and have won a total of nine division championships (1969–1971, 1973–1974, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2014), six pennants (1966, 1969–1971, 1979, 1983), three World Series championships (1966, 1970, 1983), two wild card berths (1996 and 2012), and five Most Valuable Player Awards.
One of the most historic major league franchises, the O's suffered a stretch of 14 straight losing seasons from 1998 to 2011. However, the team has posted winning seasons since 2012, when the O's qualified for the postseason for the first time since 1997. After missing the playoffs in 2013 they gained a berth in 2014, clinching a division title then advancing to the American League Championship Series for the first time in 17 years after sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 American League Division Series. The Orioles are also well known for their successful stadium, the trend-setting Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which opened in 1992 in downtown Baltimore.
Many distinguished players have graced the Orioles team over the years. Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr. nicknamed "The Iron Man", is a former shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons for the team. One of his position's most offensively productive players, Ripken compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 runs batted in during his career, and he won two MVP awards and two Gold Glove Awards for his defense.
Ripken is best known for the probably unbreakable consecutive games played record (2,632) which he achieved in over 16 years breaking Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 that had stood 56 years.
Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire 23-year major league career for the Baltimore Orioles. He batted and threw right-handed, in spite of the fact he was a natural left-hander. Nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" or "Mr. Hoover", he is considered one of the greatest defensive third basemen in major league history. He won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards during his career.
Frank Robinson played for the Orioles as an outfielder and manager, becoming the first African-American manager in MLB. He was also the only player to win league MVP honors in both the National and American Leagues. He was also a member of two Orioles teams that won World Series in 1966 and 1970.
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