|The 1948 Portsmouth Athletics finished second in the pennant race and led the Ohio-Indiana League in attendance.|
|Our disappointment at being nosed out of the league championship was somewhat mollified by the fact that we led the Ohio-Indiana League in attendance, as the local fans poured out in great numbers tin support of their new professional franchise.|
|Attending the ball games became the thing to do in Portsmouth! It helped that we had plenty of free parking.|
|The pennant-winning 1949 Portsmouth Athletics with the Grand Old Man of Baseball on Connie Mack Night at the Riverside Park.|
Cover of the 1950 Athletics Yearbook commemorating Connie Mack’s 50th year as Manager of the A’s. The excitement of the early season celebrations was offset by the A’s disappointing performance on the field, even as the pennant-winning Phillies, forever remembered as the Whiz Kids, were capturing the imagination of Philadelphia baseball fans.
|March, 1950. This is the way Mr. Mack usually dressed! He was a fashion plate on or off the field. We=re standing in front of the A=s dugout during a workout at Connie Mack Field in West Palm Beach.|
Early one morning in West Palm Beach Mr. Mack agreed to don a uniform for the first time in fifty years and pose for our club photographer. I put out a press release under the heading AA=s Sign New Rookie.@ The wire services jumped on the story and it must have appeared in every newspaper in North America.
|The boys in the Shibe Park press box. It was male turf in those days|
|A page from the 1955 Oriole Yearbook. The opening day parade was an auspicious|
introduction to a miserable season for the Orioles.
|Island park, Daytona Beach, Florida, where the Orioles trained |
in 1955. They were in Yuma, Arizona, the year before.
|May 16, 1954. Memorial Stadium was packed for the Sunday afternoon doubleheader between the Orioles and the Yankees. Don Larsen went the distance for the Birds in the second game to garner his first win of the season, holding the Yankees to three hits in a well-pitched 6-2 victory. Maybe the New York powers-that-be recalled that victory when they later acquired Larsen in a 17-player off-season trade. Win or lose, the Baltimore fans were excited to be watching Major League baseball in their new stadium.|
|On the exterior wall of Memorial Stadium behind home plate was huge dedicatory inscription to the veterans of World wars I and II. A small replica of the wall has been erected outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.|
|Aerial view of Memorial Stadium. Baltimore City College, the third oldest boys’ public high school in the US, is in the upper left corner, and Eastern High School for girls is in the center just above the stadium. The Orioles moved to their new home at Camden Yards in 1992, and Memorial Stadium eventually became the second of my former baseball work places to be demolished, Connie Mack Stadium having been razed in 1976.|
|Philadelphia Athletics President Connie Mack, on his team’s first visit to Memorial Stadium, is flanked by Orioles Vice President Jim Keelty (L) and Arthur Ehlers (R), in an unfinished visitors’ box in the still-under-construction stadium. This was Mr. Mack's first ---and last--- visit to the Stadium! Art Ehlers came to the Orioles from the Philadelphia Athletics, where as Farm Director he signed me to a Minor League contract, after I graduated from Princeton. The A's were just starting to build a farm system, and I was thrilled when at the end of the season he offered me the job of Business Manager of the Portsmouth Athletics. He later recommended me to become the Philadelphia Athletics' first Public Relations Director. We worked closely together when he became General Manager of the A's, and it was he who persuaded me to come to Baltimore to set up the Orioles' Public Relations Department.|
|Broadcaster Ernie Harwell emcees on Joe Coleman Day, as Orioles President Clarence Miles|
presents a check to the veteran Baltimore hurler.
|I engaged my friend Johnny Myers to be the first “Mr. Oriole,” because as I jokingly put it, his legs were perfect for the part. The huge bird was an instant hit with the fans, who were absolutely amazed and would cheer with delight when Mr. Oriole would suddenly produce a trumpet from beneath his feathered wings and play some terrific jazz! Mr. Oriole was the first Major League performing mascot. The next one to appear was Mr. Met, who made his debut ten years later!|
|Newly appointed Orioles General Manager Paul Richards holds his first press conference. He always gave the reporters much to write about. On November 17, 1954, we announced the first part of the largest trade in Major League history. The Orioles and the Yankees swapped what was originally to be a total of 18 players, until one was withdrawn. The Orioles sent Pitchers Don Larsen and Bob Turley and shortstop Billy Hunter to the Yankees in exchange for outfielder Gene Woodling, pitchers Harry Byrd and Jim McDonald, catcher Hal Smith, first baseman (later a catcher) Gus Triandos, and shortstop Willy Miranda. The rest of the deal was announced on December 2, and resulted in the Yankees' receiving four more players (Jim Fridley, Darrell Johnson, Mike Blyzka, and Dick Kryhoski), and the O's also getting four (Don Leppert, Bill Miller, Kal Segrist, and Ted Guercio).|
|Willie Miranda, the Orioles' popular shortstop, who came to Baltimore in the big trade with the|
Yankees, was our son Ricky’s favorite player.
September 16, 1955, “Dick Armstrong Night” at Memorial Stadium. Never did I dream anything like this
would ever happen to me!