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On Thursday, October 15, 1970, was the 5th and final game of the 1970 World Series where the Orioles clinched the Series in five games. The final game was played in Memorial Stadium and it was questionable whether the game would be played at all due to rain. The outfield was wet, and the game started in a light drizzle, but ultimately the rain subsided, and the game was on...


Orioles win 9-3 to be the World Series champs for 1970! Winning pitcher for Game 5 was Mike Cuellar.

Brooks Robinson won the World Series MVP Award hitting .429 for the Series and made some great defensive plays (to B’more fans - typical plays) in the field.
I've posted these before, but seems to be a perfect time to repost in case someone missed them.

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A couple mugs celebrating the 1970 World Series
Great looking mugs! Sure doesn't hurt at all to see them again...
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As Oriole fans we’d see Brooks Robinson make the same type of plays, or even tougher plays, since he began his career; he always excelled in this area and became the measuring bar everyone else is compared. The 1970 WS just spotlighted what the Baltimore fans had already known for around 15 years and it was no surprise; Brooks just had more opportunity this series due to the pull hitters on the Reds. Also, just a side note, Brooks was 33 years old in the ’70 Series so he was not an up and coming prospect, but a well-established player. Dick Hall commented about Brooks’ play in the series and stated, “We kind of laughed at the fuss everyone made – we’d seen him [Brooks] make those kinds of plays for years.”

A few quotes from Sparky:

Quotes: "I hope the car they (Sport Magazine who awarded it to the World Series MVP) give him (Brooks Robinson) has an extra-large glove box." - Sparky Anderson

Quote: "I'm beginning to see Brooks (Robinson) in my sleep. If I dropped a paper plate, he'd pick it up on one hop and throw me out at first." - Sparky Anderson

Quote: "He can throw his glove out there and it will start ten double plays by itself." - Sparky Anderson

The Daily News paper from October 16, 1970 recapping the final game of the Series with the newspaper heading, “Series for the Birds”; “Orioles Bury Reds, 9-3, for Title”.

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OTD in 1983 the Orioles defeated the Phillies 5-0 behind the bats of Eddie Murray & Rick Dempsey and the pitching of Scott McGregor to become World Champions....

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As I reflect on other great moments in Orioles history, I'm reminded of one of the favorites from my childhood. In 1968, Tom Phoebus threw the third no-hitter in Orioles history. Since it was against the Red Sox, that made the moment even sweeter for me. We would get Red Sox games on TV in Maine, so I was able to watch it all unfold. While most of the details of the game have faded, the feeling and excitement still remains. I found a write up of the game on the SABR site.

April 27, 1968 Orioles 6 Red Sox 0


Phoebus was the O’s winning pitcher on opening day in 1968, defeating Oakland 3-1. On April 27, the Orioles were scheduled to play the second of a four-game series against the defending American League champion Boston Red Sox at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Pheobus, now 2-1, was listed as the starter but his status was up in the air after he had to leave the ballpark in the middle of the game the night before due to sickness. The next morning, Phoebus spoke with manager Hank Bauer on the phone in regard to his availability to pitch that day. Shaking off the effects of a severe cold and sore throat, Phoebus told Bauer he was ready to go.

Saturday, April 27, was a cool and overcast day with the temperature hovering around 60 degrees. Intermittent rain showers throughout the morning and early afternoon led to an hour and 23 minute delay before home plate umpire Frank Umont finally called “play ball.” There were 3,147 paid customers in the stands along with an additional 11,568 children and their parents who were part of the “Safety Patrol Day” crowd.

The 26-year old Phoebus, who hadn’t pitched in a week, ran into trouble in the top of the first inning. With one out, he walked Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who took second on a wild pitch to batter Carl Yastrzemski. Foy then tried to steal third but was cut down by catcher Curt Blefary on what Lou Hatter of the Baltimore Sun described as “A flawless peg to [Brooks] Robinson.” Blefary was filling in for first-string catcher Andy Etchebarren, who was struck on the hand by Red Sox pitcher Lee Stange the night before. Blefary, the 1965 American League Rookie of the Year, was listed in the Orioles media guide as an outfielder/first baseman. This was only the fourth time he appeared as a catcher in a major league game.

From that point on, Phoebus found his groove, although a bit of controversy arose in the Boston half of the third inning. With two out, Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews hit a high chopper back up the middle that tipped off the top of Phoebus’ glove. Oriole shortstop Mark Belanger charged in and gathered up the ball on the run just behind the mound. Making an off-balance toss, Belanger’s throw landed in first baseman Boog Powell’s mitt just before Andrews crossed the bag, first base umpire Bill Valentine signaling out on the play. Andrews along with Red Sox manager Dick Williams and first base coach Bobby Doerr argued vehemently with Valentine over the call. Andrews was so upset he slammed his batting helmet on the ground, the carom narrowly missing Valentine. This led to Andrews’ ejection as the embattled arbiter felt that the Red Sox second baseman had intentionally tried to hit him with his helmet.

For the remainder of the game Phoebus had the hard-hitting Boston lineup at his mercy. The Red Sox next chance for a hit came in the seventh inning but another fine play by Belanger on a Joe Lahoud check swing grounder kept Phoebus’ no-hitter intact.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Boston shortstop Rico Petrocelli drilled Phoebus’ first offering towards the hole between short and third. Brooks Robinson, manning the hot corner, instinctively dove out to his left, fully extended, and snared the scorching liner just inches above the ground. In regard to his remarkable play that saved the no-hitter, Robinson told Doug Brown of The Sporting News, “Petrocelli got out in front of the ball and it curved back toward me. Otherwise, I never would have had it.”

Robinson’s grab was considered to be the defensive gem of the game by Phoebus, who retired the next four batters, including Joe Foy, who struck out to end the game. Phoebus threw 110 pitches, fanned nine, and walked three. It was the third no-hitter thrown by an Oriole pitcher since Baltimore rejoined the American League in 1954.

The Birds scored four times in the third and once in the fifth off Red Sox starter Gary Waslewski. Garry Roggenburk relieved Waslewski in the sixth. He finished out the game, allowing one more Baltimore run in the eighth inning.

Brooks Robinson broke the game open in the third inning with a bases-loaded double down the rightfield line that plated three runs. Oriole second baseman Davey Johnson compiled three hits on the afternoon including a double and 2 RBI. Helping his own cause, Phoebus garnered two singles and he drove in a run.

Blefary spoke to sports writer Jim Elliot of the Baltimore Sun after the game, “There is no doubt that this is my biggest thrill in baseball, primarily because I never caught the guy before. Tom was simply fantastic-unbelievable. He made it easy-threw everything for a strike-fastball, curve and slider. He had great stuff-great stuff. After the fourth inning, he popped the ball where he wanted to.”


The hero of the day, Phoebus, told the Baltimore Sun, “This is a great thrill-my greatest. I’ll tell you especially to get it against Boston. The Red Sox are the champs and they are a great hitting team so it would have to be a double thrill to beat them. I felt a little pressure in the ninth and decided I would just try to get the ball over. With that defense behind me, it was the only thing to do.”

The following afternoon, Phoebus was presented with The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award (for 1967) at Memorial Stadium. According to The Sporting News, Oriole personnel director Harry Dalton tore up Phoebus’ contract the next day and wrote out a new one. The Baltimore Sun noted that he received a well-deserved $1,000 bonus for tossing the no-hitter.

Letter from Tom Phoebus to a fan

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Tom Phoebus, Curt Blefary and Andy Etchebarren

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Interestingly, all three guys are also on my "All Unibrow" team
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Baltimore Orioles LP vinyl called 1970: Year of the Birds. The cover of the album has the same image used on the ’70 World Series program. Personally, I think this looks even better since it’s surrounded by ORANGE. This example is still sealed, and I only have one copy, so I haven’t broken it out and put it on the record player.

Album – 1970: Year of the Birds

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As I reflect on other great moments in Orioles history, I'm reminded of one of the favorites from my childhood. In 1968, Tom Phoebus threw the third no-hitter in Orioles history. Since it was against the Red Sox, that made the moment even sweeter for me. We would get Red Sox games on TV in Maine, so I was able to watch it all unfold. While most of the details of the game have faded, the feeling and excitement still remains. I found a write up of the game on the SABR site.

April 27, 1968 Orioles 6 Red Sox 0


Phoebus was the O’s winning pitcher on opening day in 1968, defeating Oakland 3-1. On April 27, the Orioles were scheduled to play the second of a four-game series against the defending American League champion Boston Red Sox at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Pheobus, now 2-1, was listed as the starter but his status was up in the air after he had to leave the ballpark in the middle of the game the night before due to sickness. The next morning, Phoebus spoke with manager Hank Bauer on the phone in regard to his availability to pitch that day. Shaking off the effects of a severe cold and sore throat, Phoebus told Bauer he was ready to go.

Saturday, April 27, was a cool and overcast day with the temperature hovering around 60 degrees. Intermittent rain showers throughout the morning and early afternoon led to an hour and 23 minute delay before home plate umpire Frank Umont finally called “play ball.” There were 3,147 paid customers in the stands along with an additional 11,568 children and their parents who were part of the “Safety Patrol Day” crowd.

The 26-year old Phoebus, who hadn’t pitched in a week, ran into trouble in the top of the first inning. With one out, he walked Red Sox third baseman Joe Foy, who took second on a wild pitch to batter Carl Yastrzemski. Foy then tried to steal third but was cut down by catcher Curt Blefary on what Lou Hatter of the Baltimore Sun described as “A flawless peg to [Brooks] Robinson.” Blefary was filling in for first-string catcher Andy Etchebarren, who was struck on the hand by Red Sox pitcher Lee Stange the night before. Blefary, the 1965 American League Rookie of the Year, was listed in the Orioles media guide as an outfielder/first baseman. This was only the fourth time he appeared as a catcher in a major league game.

From that point on, Phoebus found his groove, although a bit of controversy arose in the Boston half of the third inning. With two out, Red Sox second baseman Mike Andrews hit a high chopper back up the middle that tipped off the top of Phoebus’ glove. Oriole shortstop Mark Belanger charged in and gathered up the ball on the run just behind the mound. Making an off-balance toss, Belanger’s throw landed in first baseman Boog Powell’s mitt just before Andrews crossed the bag, first base umpire Bill Valentine signaling out on the play. Andrews along with Red Sox manager Dick Williams and first base coach Bobby Doerr argued vehemently with Valentine over the call. Andrews was so upset he slammed his batting helmet on the ground, the carom narrowly missing Valentine. This led to Andrews’ ejection as the embattled arbiter felt that the Red Sox second baseman had intentionally tried to hit him with his helmet.

For the remainder of the game Phoebus had the hard-hitting Boston lineup at his mercy. The Red Sox next chance for a hit came in the seventh inning but another fine play by Belanger on a Joe Lahoud check swing grounder kept Phoebus’ no-hitter intact.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Boston shortstop Rico Petrocelli drilled Phoebus’ first offering towards the hole between short and third. Brooks Robinson, manning the hot corner, instinctively dove out to his left, fully extended, and snared the scorching liner just inches above the ground. In regard to his remarkable play that saved the no-hitter, Robinson told Doug Brown of The Sporting News, “Petrocelli got out in front of the ball and it curved back toward me. Otherwise, I never would have had it.”

Robinson’s grab was considered to be the defensive gem of the game by Phoebus, who retired the next four batters, including Joe Foy, who struck out to end the game. Phoebus threw 110 pitches, fanned nine, and walked three. It was the third no-hitter thrown by an Oriole pitcher since Baltimore rejoined the American League in 1954.

The Birds scored four times in the third and once in the fifth off Red Sox starter Gary Waslewski. Garry Roggenburk relieved Waslewski in the sixth. He finished out the game, allowing one more Baltimore run in the eighth inning.

Brooks Robinson broke the game open in the third inning with a bases-loaded double down the rightfield line that plated three runs. Oriole second baseman Davey Johnson compiled three hits on the afternoon including a double and 2 RBI. Helping his own cause, Phoebus garnered two singles and he drove in a run.

Blefary spoke to sports writer Jim Elliot of the Baltimore Sun after the game, “There is no doubt that this is my biggest thrill in baseball, primarily because I never caught the guy before. Tom was simply fantastic-unbelievable. He made it easy-threw everything for a strike-fastball, curve and slider. He had great stuff-great stuff. After the fourth inning, he popped the ball where he wanted to.”


The hero of the day, Phoebus, told the Baltimore Sun, “This is a great thrill-my greatest. I’ll tell you especially to get it against Boston. The Red Sox are the champs and they are a great hitting team so it would have to be a double thrill to beat them. I felt a little pressure in the ninth and decided I would just try to get the ball over. With that defense behind me, it was the only thing to do.”

The following afternoon, Phoebus was presented with The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award (for 1967) at Memorial Stadium. According to The Sporting News, Oriole personnel director Harry Dalton tore up Phoebus’ contract the next day and wrote out a new one. The Baltimore Sun noted that he received a well-deserved $1,000 bonus for tossing the no-hitter.

Letter from Tom Phoebus to a fan

Tom Phoebus, Curt Blefary and Andy Etchebarren

Interestingly, all three guys are also on my "All Unibrow" team
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Fantastic post.....Here is a signed press photo from that game that I believe I posted earlier:

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Baltimore Orioles LP vinyl called 1970: Year of the Birds. The cover of the album has the same image used on the ’70 World Series program. Personally, I think this looks even better since it’s surrounded by ORANGE. This example is still sealed, and I only have one copy, so I haven’t broken it out and put it on the record player.

Album – 1970: Year of the Birds
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I have the 8 Track tape version of the same record, but can't seem to find a picture of it. It's not as colorful as the vinyl record. I listened to it a few times back in the day, but not surprisingly haven't for a long time. I do remember enjoying it as a kid.
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Here is the 1971 Season Ticket brochure touting the World Champs. Unfortunately not an item from my personal collection.
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Baltimore Orioles LP vinyl called 1970: Year of the Birds. The cover of the album has the same image used on the ’70 World Series program. Personally, I think this looks even better since it’s surrounded by ORANGE. This example is still sealed, and I only have one copy, so I haven’t broken it out and put it on the record player.

Album – 1970: Year of the Birds

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Sports Illustre October 1970

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I have the 8 Track tape version of the same record, but can't seem to find a picture of it. It's not as colorful as the vinyl record. I listened to it a few times back in the day, but not surprisingly haven't for a long time. I do remember enjoying it as a kid.
If you ever find it please post. I don't think I've seen this in an 8 track... I did have a few back in the day, but just the music versions.
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Here is a picture of the LP
Thanks for posting; never seen the inside record; pretty cool.

Oh, and thanks for posting the '71 Orioles season ticket brochure. I've never seen this particular version before (Alan do you have this version?)
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I don't think this set has been highlighted before. In 1960, in conjunction with Sports Novelties, Leaf Inc. produced a nice set of 144 cards. Since Topps had the rights to selling baseball cards with gum, Leaf inserted a marble with their cards. The cards were B&W and featured two series of 72 cards each. The first series is much easier to find than the second series. It looks like the cards in the first series used many of the same photos that were used for the Jays photo packs from that era. There are also several variations in the set, but none of them involve the Orioles.

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The Orioles set included Brooks Robinson and Hoyt Wilhelm in the first series, so Brooks isn't too hard to find. Six of the eleven Orioles from the set were in the second series, making putting the team set together a little bit of a challenge.

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That's a nice Sports Illustre example. I think it's actually from 1970. Mike Cuellar was also featured the next week, on the Oct 25th issue. Unfortunately, both my copy of the Cuellar issue and the Fleetwood 8 track tape are back in Maine. If I can find any pics online, I'll post them in the future. I don't have that 1971 season ticket brochure, but love that kind of stuff.
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That's a nice Sports Illustre example. I think it's actually from 1970. Mike Cuellar was also featured the next week, on the Oct 25th issue. Unfortunately, both my copy of the Cuellar issue and the Fleetwood 8 track tape are back in Maine. If I can find any pics online, I'll post them in the future. I don't have that 1971 season ticket brochure, but love that kind of stuff.
Yeah, I messed up on the year for some unknown reason.

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What was the relationship between the Robinson brothers, Brooks and Frank, like? Did they have a close friendship or was it just a basic 'business as usual' set-up?
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Brooks and Frank became close friends; not only them, but their families as well.
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This is a small color photo of Brooks, 5”x5” in size, taken by photographer Michael Grossbardt in 1971. To me this photo captures the essence of Brooks at home at third.

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Today I’ll picture another photo from 1971, but this time B&W, taken by Jay Spencer. Sure, looks like Brooks is having fun snagging some grounders.

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Asheville, NC was home to the Orioles AA affiliate from 1972-1975. The 1972 team was featured in post #1257, so I thought today would be a good day to discuss the other three years.

The 1973 and 1974 Asheville Orioles were managed by Cal Ripken Sr. The 1973 team finished 71-69 and followed up in 1974 with a record of 70-67.

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1974 Asheville program

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The 1975 Orioles were managed by Jimmie Schaffer and finished a disappointing 63-75.

1975 Asheville program

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Over that period, several future Orioles stars passed through Asheville. They included Eddie Murray, Rich Dauer, Dennis Martinez and Mike Flanagan. A few others included Bob Bailor, Larry Harlow, Dave Skaggs, and Kiko Garcia. Here are photos of a couple that played for Asheville, that you might not remember in Baltimore.

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