A stadium by any name

October 07, 1991

In fashioning their "grand compromise" on the name of Baltimore's new baseball stadium, Governor Schaefer and Oriole owner Eli S. Jacobs did not resort to the wisdom of King Solomon, who determined the true mother of an infant by threatening to cut the baby in half. Rather, by combining both their choices into "Oriole Park at Camden Yards," they came up with a hybrid name that is bound to draw criticism for being too long and unwieldy and which will surely be shortened in popular usage.

We still prefer Camden Yards, a name that recalls Baltimore's railroading heritage. But plenty of people will be calling it simply "Oriole Park." Even so, after all the suspense, we suspect most people don't really care what official name is given to the new ballpark. They already know what to call it: The Stadium.

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