Our new diamond at Camden Yards, the Orioles...


June 15, 1992

TO GO WITH our new diamond at Camden Yards, the Orioles have adopted two new monograms, or logos.

In one 1992 logo, a properly beaked and feathered oriole perches on the dot of the letter "i" in Baltimore -- the city name missing in recent seasons. For whoever in the high command restored it, many cheers.

The second logo's central figure is a uniformed, right-handed batter. The ornamental letters B B C enfold him: Baltimore Baseball Club. From wide belt to flowing penmanship, the figure bespeaks antiquity. It is copied from an 1897 Baltimore Oriole document.

At Camden and Eutaw streets today, this logo occurs in iron (in end of seat rows), in cloth (the jackets and sweaters of attendants), in plastic (beer cups).

Representing an Oriole front office that reads, Janet Marie Smith, the design chief, came upon this batter in "The Home Team," the ongoing illustrated history of Baltimore baseball by retired Evening Sun editorial writer Jim Bready.

One wonders as to his name.

It wouldn't do to think of him as Wilbert, or Willie or Hughie or Heinie -- too specific. Calling him Cal or Moose, or Boog or Brooksie, would be anachronistic.

Let us eschew the clever (Rabe Booth) in favor of the becomingly old-fashioned. One thinks of The New Yorker's monocled, top-hatted butterfly inspector, Eustace Tilley. Something like Jules Opacy, perhaps. Or how about Muscles McGonigle, or Horace Hammerschlag?

We leave it to our readers to come up with the best name for our monogram batsman. Send your nominations to: Salmagundi, The Evening Sun Editorial Page, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md., 21278.

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