The Baltimore Orioles may have a 16-31 record at home, but that hasn't stopped Memorial Stadium's turnstiles from clicking away.
With a crowd of 48,341 yesterday for the series finale against Oakland, the Orioles finished with 141,619 for the three-game weekend series.
It was the third-highest three-game total in the history of the stadium, trailing only the 147,202 who watched the Yankees in September 1989 and the 142,552 in August of last year for another series against the Athletics.
The Orioles drew 150,757 for a three-date, four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers in October 1982.
The total for the homestand was 312,420 (nine games), bringing the season total to 1,531,677, the most ever through 47 dates.
At this rate, the Orioles will draw more than 2.5 million for the season.
Orioles vets going?
In the most general of terms, general manager Roland Hemond acknowledged yesterday that he has been talking trade.
"This time of year, everybody talks," he said. "But I really don't know if we'll make a trade."
Contending teams usually have interest in the veteran players of clubs out of the race. For the Orioles, that would mean Dwight Evans, Mike Flanagan and perhaps even Joe Orsulak.
"Clubs in contention often look that way," Hemond said. "For instance, any player with Dwight's background and ability would draw interest."
So far then, a lot of talk and no action.
Hickey staying back
Kevin Hickey was saying his goodbyes yesterday, as the Orioles prepared to take off for the West Coast.
"A couple teams have called. It seems the Pirates have the most interest for [Class AAA] Buffalo," Hickey said. "The Angels and the Dodgers seem to be the others."
Hickey planned to go with the Orioles on the trip, but will stay back in case anything concrete develops.
No hard feelings
Ben McDonald just accepted Rickey Henderson's admiration of his own home run and slow trot around the bases in the eighth inning.
"Rickey's Rickey," McDonald said. "He's been doing that 107 years now. I don't think he's trying to show anybody up. That's just the way he plays the game."
Henderson stood at the plate and watched the flight of his drive, made an arc toward the A's dugout and finally settled into his trot.
The Orioles fell to 8-21 in games decided by 1 run, including 5-16 since John Oates became the manager May 23. . . . Since they were no-hit by Bob Milacki, Mark Williamson, Flanagan and Gregg Olson, the A's have won 4 straight from the Orioles and scored 28 runs in the process. . . . Oakland finished with a 70-77 lifetime record at Memorial Stadium, including 3-3 in postseason play. The A's won 10 of their last 12 here. . . . Earl Weaver would love the A's. Jose Canseco's home run was the team's 26th 3-run homer of the season. The Orioles have 7.