Buford earns spot in club's Hall of Fame

Orioles notebook

March 04, 1993|By Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck | Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writers

SARASOTA, Fla. -- There was a personal touch yesterday when the Orioles announced that Don Buford had been selected as the 24th member of the club's Hall of Fame.

The announcement, made jointly by the team and the sponsoring Orioles Advocates, was made to all organization members in camp just before yesterday's workout. Included in the group was Damon Buford, 22-year-old son of the Orioles' former leadoff hitter. Damon is on the major-league roster for the first time.

General manager Roland Hemond informed the players, including 30 minor-leaguers here for an advanced minicamp, of the selection after they were shown a highlight film of Buford's career.

"Obviously, this is a tremendous honor for me," said Don Buford. "It was very emotional, especially since some of those games [on the film] were before Damon was born."

Don Buford, who will manage the Orioles' Double-A Bowie Baysox team, which will play at Memorial Stadium this year, was the offensive catalyst on the 1969, 1970 and 1971 American League championship teams. He hit a home run in his first World Series at-bat against the New York Mets' Tom Seaver in 1969.

Overall, Buford batted .357 in playoff games and hit four home runs in the World Series. During regular-season play, he averaged 81 runs, 13 homers, 50 RBI, 84 walks and 17 stolen bases for the Orioles from 1968 to 1972.

Until Brady Anderson drove in 80 runs last year, Buford held the club record for RBI by a leadoff hitter with 66 in 1970. He is the sixth player to be named to the Orioles Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, which was formed in 1989.

Buford will be inducted in ceremonies at Camden Yards on Aug. 7.

Contract news

Catcher Chris Hoiles appears to be close to agreeing to terms on a one-year contract, and assistant general manager Frank Robinson indicated the deal could be struck as early as today.

First baseman David Segui still has not signed the two-year deal that he agreed to earlier this week. His agent, Tommy Tanzer, was in camp to iron out the final details.

Voigt goes deep

Outfield candidate Jack Voigt hit a tremendous home run and continues to impress the coaching staff with his all-around ability. There is a lot of competition, however.

"If there's room, there's room," he said. "I just have to do everything Ican do every day and wait to see what happens."

He is coming off a Triple-A season in which he had 16 homers and 64 RBI, but he doesn't mind being considered as a utility outfielder.

"I don't care if I'm the 25th player they take or the first," he said. "I just want to get there."

Obando's debut

Rule V draftee Sherman Obando played first base and left field in the intrasquad game, making the most

of this first competitive appearance as an Oriole with a homer and a single.

"I continue to be impressed with all of our young outfielders," manager Johnny Oates said.

Hammonds, Buford hot

Outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, the Orioles' first-round pick in last year's draft, had an outstanding day at the plate. He had a single, a double, a walk and three runs. Fellow center-field prospect Buford had a single and a double in five at-bats.

Cook's first impression

Right-hander Mike Cook made a great first impression, retiring all six batters he faced in his intrasquad appearance. He was the only pitcher to get away unscathed on what was a horrible day to take the mound.

Prospect Jeff Williams also pitched well, giving up one hit in two innings. Every other pitcher gave up at least one earned run.

The loser was right-hander Todd Stephan, who gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in two innings.

Fernando's second workout

Left-hander Fernando Valenzuela worked out for the second time. He threw off the practice mound for 10 to 15 minutes and is scheduled to make his first batting practice appearance tomorrow. He may throw in an exhibition game next week.

Orioles Hall of Fame inductees

1977--Brooks Robinson, 3b

......Frank Robinson, of

1978--Dave McNally, lhp

1979--Boog Powell, 1b

1980--None selected

1981--Gus Triandos, c

1982--Luis Aparicio, ss

......Mike Cuellar, lhp

1983--Mark Belanger, ss

......Earl Weaver, mgr.

1984--Paul Blair, of

......Paul Richards, mgr.

1985--Milt Pappas, rhp

1986--Jim Palmer, rhp

......Ken Singleton, of

1987--Al Bumbry, of

1988--Steve Barber, lhp

1989--Jim Gentile, 1b

......Dick Hall, rhp

......Stu Miller, rhp

1990--Hank Bauer, mgr.

......Scott McGregor, lhp

1991--Hal Brown, rhp

1992--Gene Woodling, of

1993--Don Buford, of

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