Orioles to wear patch to mark 60th year

Orioles to wear patch to mark 60th year
November 18, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Most current Orioles fans weren’t alive when the team moved to Baltimore from St. Louis in 1954.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Orioles’ first season in Baltimore, the team will be wearing this snazzy patch on their right sleeve. 

 60 years as your home team, #Birdland. Here's your first look at the 60th anniversary jersey patch for 2014.

Last year, the team wore one to honor their great manager Earl Weaver, who died in January.

Most of the players on the first team, which went 54-100 under manager Jimmy Dykes have long since died, but some are still alive.

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Outfielder Joe Durham, who played in 10 games that first year is 82 and still an occasional visitor to Orioles games. The team’s shortstop was Billy Hunter, later Weaver’s third base coach and longtime athletics director at Towson University. Hunter is 85 and still lives in the area.

Don Larsen, who would pitch the World Series’ only perfect game in 1956, went 3-21 for the Orioles in 1954. He recently appeared at an event honoring the dwindling number of St. Louis Browns. Larsen, who was a rookie for the final Browns team in 1953, is 84.

Eighty-year-old Billy O’Dell pitched seven games as a rookie, and was in the major leagues until 1967. O’Dell started three games in the 1962 World Series for San Francisco.