The Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles, more affectionately known as the Birds or the O's to the city's serious fans, is Baltimore's Major League Baseball team. Get to know the O's here and learn how to plan a sports-filled trip to Baltimore. The O's 2017 home opener is April 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays in what will be a lively battle of the birds.
Orioles Game Schedule & Tickets
The O's play ball at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a natural grass ball park finished in 1992 and named for the original Oriole Park that was lost to fire back in the 1940s. The park was the first of the downtown retro ballparks to be built. Beautiful and scenic Oriole Park is located at 333 West Camden Street, just minutes away from many other exciting destinations, including Baltimore's famous Inner Harbor, great museums, diverse restaurants and exciting night life.
O's tickets can be purchased in advance online with print-at-home ticketing or in person at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Check their schedule to make sure you can catch a home game during your visit.
Tours of Oriole Park are also available and feature a look at the Orioles dugout, the Scoreboard Control Room, the Press Level and the exclusive Suite Level. Private tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more.
The History of Orioles Baseball
The city of Baltimore has a rich baseball history and has been home to many baseball teams for more than 125 years. The first record of baseball in Baltimore is from 1882, when Harry Vonderhorst sponsored a Baltimore team in the American Association of baseball clubs. In 1894, the Baltimore Orioles won their first professional baseball championship, and in 1903 the team moved to New York and eventually became today's New York Yankees.
Baltimore's Ties to Babe Ruth
George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. was born in Baltimore, in 1895. When he was only 19 years old, Ruth was recruited by Jack Dunn, the owner and manager of the Baltimore Orioles, then a minor league Red Sox team. When players started referring to him as “Jack’s newest babe,” the nickname stuck. Babe Ruth played with the Orioles for just five months before the Major League Red Sox purchased his contract.
In 1967, Baltimore honored Babe Ruth when the community joined together to prevent Ruth’s historic birthplace from being demolished. No baseball fan can miss a visit to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum – and it’s easy to find, just follow the 60 painted baseballs on the sidewalk to 216 Emory Street, a short walk from Camden Yards, then Camden Station.
Today's Baltimore Orioles
In September 1953, the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore after several dismal seasons and a drop in attendance. Renamed the Baltimore Orioles, after the black and orange state bird of Maryland, the team didn't perform much better - but the O's definitely attracted Baltimore baseball fans.
Things began looking up for the Birds in the late 50s, and by 1961, fans were rewarded with seeing Jim Gentile set 11 team records. The Baltimore Orioles finished the season 95-67-1.
Since 1966, the Orioles have won:
- Three World Series Championships (1966, 1970 and 1983)
- Seven American League Pennants (1944, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979 and 1983)
- Nine Eastern Division Titles (1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983 and 1997, 2014)
Baltimore Orioles Baseball Hall-of-Famers
Luis Aparicio, Roger Bresnahan, Reggie Jackson, Joe Kelley, George Kell, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Hoyt Wilhelm - all Baltimore Oriole's players - have been inducted into The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
But let's not forget fan-favorite and hometown hero, Cal Ripken,Jr., who also has his own spot in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame. Nicknamed "Iron Man," Calvin Edward Ripken, Jr. played in 2,632 straight games in Major League Baseball. Born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, he spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles.
Plan a Trip to See a Baltimore Orioles Game
When you're in town, be sure to catch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.