Teen wants 'Baltimore' on Orioles

May 17, 1994|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

Tonight, 15-year-old Carole Ferretti will sit in the left-field stands of Camden Yards stadium, holding a lighted sign with a message for Orioles owner Peter Angelos: "Put Baltimore On Your Chest."

Soon, Mr. Angelos will receive a petition with more than 500 signatures she's collected in her effort to persuade him that her suggestion deserves immediate action.

"Baltimore supports this team so well that I just really feel Baltimore should be on the team's jerseys," said Carole, a ninth-grader at Severn River Junior High. She attends about three games a month with her father, Rocco Ferretti.

She has already written to Mr. Angelos, but has not received a response from him or anyone else in the Orioles organization.

With the noted exception of the Texas Rangers, who display the name of their home state, all other teams proudly display the name of the city they call home, including Boston, as those who attend tonight's game will notice, Carole said. Home uniforms traditionally carry the nickname of the team, as in Yankees for New York and Blue Jays for Toronto.

"Baltimore" was taken off the Orioles' jerseys in 1975. Edward Bennett Williams and Eli Jacobs, both out-of-town owners, failed to put the name back on the uniform. Local ownership brought hope that "Baltimore" would return.

Carole has thought of a marketing strategy: "If they put Baltimore back, that'll be one more T-shirt, one more hat to sell."

Her campaign started during snow days in February. She wrote Mr. Angelos, the other team owners, Gov. William Donald Schaefer, the Anne Arundel County Council.

Dr. Charles Steinberg, spokesman for the Orioles, said Carole can expect a reply to her letters, but it may take time.

"We try to respond to everybody, but the volume of mail we get is understandably enormous," Dr. Steinberg said. "If Mr. Angelos has received the letter, I'm sure this young fan will get a thoughtful response."

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