The Memorial Stadium countdown gets serious this weekend, with the Orioles opening a 10-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals. After this stretch of games, the Orioles will have only six home games remaining -- three against Boston Sept. 23-25, and the last three games of the season against Detroit, Oct. 4-6.
In their continuing series of commemorations of special moments of the last 38 years, the Orioles tonight will recognize the 20th anniversary of the four pitchers who each won 20 games in 1971. Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson were only the second (and last) quartet from the same team to accomplish the feat. All four will be present for an in-game ceremony tonight (7:35, HTS), when Mike Mussina (2-4, 4.38) faces Bret Saberhagen (10-7, 3.06).
Either tomorrow night or Sunday, as the series with the Royals continues, the Orioles will honor the 50 millionth fan to attend a major-league baseball game at Memorial Stadium. The total is currently 78,857 below that number, which will include attendance for both regular and postseason play.