WHILE last weekend's blizzard was greeted fearfully by...

Salmagundi

March 17, 1993

WHILE last weekend's blizzard was greeted fearfully by many local folk, its aftermath should leave Oriole fans feeling positively euphoric.

Why? It's an historic fact: Since the mid-1960s, every time Baltimore has been socked by a blizzard, the O's have gone on to the World Series the very same year.

You can look it up.

The blizzard of '66 preceded an Oriole sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in that season's Fall Classic.

Our next blizzard happened in 1979, the year Baltimore lost the Series in seven games to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Four years later, the O's redeemed themselves with their five-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series of 1983, roughly eight months after the third post-mid-'60s blizzard dumped two feet of snow on the region.

Sure, Cal has looked good again in spring training, and Devo seems poised for superstardom, as do Mike Mussina and Brady Anderson, and maybe Fernando-mania will blossom anew in Camden Yards.

It can't hurt to have so much talent on hand, but that's not why the O's are a lock for the World Series of 1993. For that, you can thank the Blizzard of '93.

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