The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis

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With a legacy that spans two fiercely loyal baseball towns a half-nation apart, the Baltimore Orioles—originally the St. Louis Browns—rank among baseball’s most storied teams. One of the fifteen celebrated team histories commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in the 1940s and 1950s, The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis chronicles the club’s early history and is reissued on the fiftieth anniversary of their first season in Baltimore.

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Overview

With a legacy that spans two fiercely loyal baseball towns a half-nation apart, the Baltimore Orioles—originally the St. Louis Browns—rank among baseball’s most storied teams. One of the fifteen celebrated team histories commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in the 1940s and 1950s, The Baltimore Orioles: The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis chronicles the club’s early history and is reissued on the fiftieth anniversary of their first season in Baltimore.

Hall of Fame sportswriter Frederick G. Lieb begins with the history of baseball in Baltimore from its pre-Civil War beginnings and its major-league debut as the Lord Baltimores in 1872 to the championship seasons of the National League Orioles in 1894, ’95, and ’96 when the roster included Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley, Kid Gleason, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and John McGraw. After the turn of the century, Baltimore was briefly home to the Orioles of the American League in 1901-02, then, after losing its franchise to New York, had to settle for the AAA International League Orioles until 1954. Under the leadership of Jack Dunn, the minor-league Orioles, while developing the talents of Babe Ruth, Lefty Grove, and other future major-league stars, won seven straight International League pennants from 1919 to 1926.

Here, too, is the colorful history of the precursors to the current Orioles, the lovable and luckless St. Louis Browns, augmented for this edition with a new foreword from St. Louis sportswriter Bob Broeg on the escapades of the Brownies. Though they lost more than a thousand games and captured only a single pennant in fifty-three seasons, the Browns remain a legendary part of national lore. Taking their lead in different eras from larger-than-life figures such as Branch Rickey, Rogers Hornsby, Urban Shocker, and the Barnum of Baseball, Bill Veeck, the Browns “boasted a one-armed outfielder, a hired hypnotist, the mighty midget [Eddie Gaedel] and—even the best ballplayer in the land—George Sisler,” as Broeg recalls in his foreword. In 1944, the Browns also played in the only all-St. Louis World Series, losing to the Cardinals.

Originally published in 1955 and featuring twenty-two photographs, The Baltimore Orioles history concludes with the new American League team’s first season in Baltimore, finishing seventh in the league but garnering the lasting adoration of their new hometown.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809326198
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Writing Baseball Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 684,857
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick G. Lieb became one of the first living writers inducted into the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame when he received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1972. He covered baseball for nearly seventy years and wrote twelve books, including six of the Putnam team histories.

Author of seventeen books, Bob Broeg began his sportswriting career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1945 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Baltimore - an early baseball convert 3
2 Orioles join beer and whiskey league 11
3 Truculent John McGraw comes to the Chesapeake 25
4 Orioles land managerial genius 33
5 Foxy Ned's miracle 43
6 Orioles repeat in 1895 and 1896 58
7 Beaneaters check brave attempt for four straight 72
8 Birds victims of syndicate ball 82
9 Baltimore finds haven in new American league 91
10 John McGraw returns to National League 104
11 Orioles land berth in International League 122
12 Start of the Dunn dynasty 127
13 Babe Ruth and the Federal League 133
14 Jack Dunn's seven straight winners 146
15 George Weiss shows his early genius 161
16 In the bigtime again 172
17 Browns in American League since 1902 183
18 1922 Pennant lost by a single game 193
19 Browns win lone flag 204
20 Bill Veeck was no Moses 213
21 A million fans see 1954 Oriole seventh placer 222
22 The million dollar deal 240
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