WEEKEND: Mother Nature may be star as stadium's Oriole reign ends

October 04, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

Weather permitting.

Those are the key words for the Orioles this weekend as they try to work around the elements and close Memorial Stadium in style.

There are many elaborate, and some still secret, ceremonies planned for the three games against Detroit.

Before tonight's game, members of the International League Orioles will be honored and radio play-by-play announcers from the past will participate in the first ball ceremony. Joan Jett will sing the national anthem. The game will be followed by what is billed as the most spectacular fireworks display ever at the stadium.

Before tomorrow afternoon's game (1:35), the Orioles' all-time all-star team as selected by the fans will be introduced. It will also be Fan Appreciation Day and throughout the game more than 200 prizes, including some one-of-a-kind items, will be given away.

There will be some brief pre-game ceremonies before Sunday's finale (2:05), but most of the farewell party will be reserved for after the game. Brooks Robinson and John Unitas will make first ball deliveries for the last game. Surviving members of the 1954 team will be introduced and the Baltimore Colts Marching Band will play the national anthem.

Elrod Hendricks, who has worn the Orioles' uniform for more games (1,771 at Memorial Stadium) than anyone in club history, will be honored before the last game. As part of the post-game activities, home plate will be transferred from Memorial Stadium to the new park at Camden Yards, with sportscaster Jim McKay presiding over the ceremonies, which will be shown on the Diamond Vision board.

The games tonight and tomorrow will be televised by HTS, with Channel 2 carrying Sunday's entire program.

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