Next month and semi-retired from his...


August 31, 1993

DICK HALL, 63 next month and semi-retired from his accounting firm, still cuts a handsome, impressive figure. He stands there at one of the entrances to Oriole Park, helping out on a here's-your-free-whatsis day.

The tallest one of all, throughout his nine years as an Oriole, he still has his hair and his athletic build; for the start of lines on face and neck, blame not his 19 years altogether in the big leagues, or his three stressful World Series, but the afternoons since then on golf courses.

At least once a year, Dick Hall still takes the mound, rears back and lets fly. On that occasion -- alumni v. varsity -- he is at alma mater, otherwise Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania.

Once, long ago, in a game against Johns Hopkins, he was five for six at bat; Bill Trombley, the home team's pitcher, alleges that one of those hits carried clear out onto University Parkway. Richard W. Hall didn't graduate with his class -- a Pirate scout watched him from Homewood's grandstand, and on commencement day the hot prospect was a Pirate outfielder. Later he did finish his courses; accordingly, he has been to two 40th anniversary class reunions, last year and this.

Dick and Maria Elena Hall have lived here since the 1960s. After retirement from baseball, he became an Oriole Advocate, one of the 75 or so men and women whose mission is to advance the cause of Baltimore baseball, from peewee playground to South Eutaw Street palace.

Dick Hall alone of former Orioles thus repays the game.

At Gate C the other day, as he handed out gratis advertiser sunglasses, Dick Hall (W65, L40 as an Oriole) was one more Advocate, identifiable by his badge and nameplate. The eager fans swept on by, many with a hasty "thank you," virtually none with a look of recognition.

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