TONIGHT: For 4 Brewers, stadium may go, but Oriole memories will remain

August 08, 1991|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff

Nostalgia will run rampant for four members of the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.

Former Orioles all, Brewers coaches Andy Etchebarren, Don Baylor and Larry Haney and catcher Rick Dempsey will make their final appearances at Memorial Stadium when Milwaukee and the Orioles wrap up the Baltimore phase of their 1991 rivalry.

Memories? They come tumbling back.

Etchebarren was the catcher in the Orioles' 1966 World Series sweep of the Dodgers. The famous photo of Etchebarren and pitcher Dave McNally about to embrace a joyful, leaping Brooks Robinson after the final out today occupies a prominent spot on Etchebarren's den wall. "It's autographed by Brooks and Davey," Etchebarren said.

In September 1970, Baylor had just joined the club when fellow Orioles rookies Bobby Grich and John Oates (yes, the same guy) got their first major-league hits in RFK Stadium in Washington.

"I was dying to get my first one," Baylor said. "We came back here a day later and my knees were shaking when I went against Cleveland's Steve Hargan with the bases loaded. I swung at the first pitch I saw."

Baylor got his first hit, singling home two runs, then won the game with a double in the 13th inning.

Dempsey cherishes the Orioles' final series of the 1982 season against the team he's with now, Milwaukee. The Orioles had stormed from well back in the pack to the point where they could win the AL East by sweeping the last four from the Brewers.

"We had come from 11 1/2 games back and then won the first three of that last series," Dempsey said. "But Robin Yount hit two home runs off Jim Palmer to win the final game and that was that."

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