O's Carnival to feature ex-players, ticket sale

January 21, 1995|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

Just like the fans who will line up for the first opportunity to buy individual game tickets, the Orioles aren't sure what to expect when they hold their eighth annual Winter Carnival at Camden Yards today.

For the first time, the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will not feature any current players. Because of the labor impasse, the various panels and autograph booths be manned by former players, along with new manager Phil Regan and some members of his coaching staff.

Among the former Orioles scheduled to attend are Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Ken Singleton and Paul Blair.

The first public sale of individual game tickets will begin at 10 a.m. at Camden Yards, as well as via TicketMaster phone charge and outlets and at the Orioles baseball stores in Washington and York, Pa. For the first time, there will be no admission or parking fees for the carnival.

Because of the strike, fans can't be sure who -- if anyone -- will be playing games on the dates for which they purchase tickets. Orioles owner Peter Angelos has insisted that his team will not use replacement players. If the Orioles are forced to do so, the team's policy is that fans can receive full refunds for games in which replacement players are used.

The greatest demand should be for tickets to the Orioles' Aug. 16 game at home against Cleveland. If the strike is settled and the season starts on time, that's the date on which Cal Ripken would be able to tie Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played.

Ripken, who is 121 games shy of the record, would break it on Aug. 17, when the Orioles are scheduled to play in Oakland. But the American League has said it would make adjustments to accommodate the streak if, and when, Ripken is in position to pass Gehrig.

Asked what kind of turnout he expected today, Orioles public relations director Charles Steinberg said: "It's hard to make an assessment. In one sense, the interest figures to be less because people are more hesitant [because of the strike].

"On the other hand, the fact there is no admission or parking fees could increase the interest," said Steinberg, who said more ticket terminals will be in use than in previous years. "People have enjoyed the activities connected with the carnival, and we have to try to make the ticket-selling process as easy and comfortable as possible."

Steinberg said yesterday that the Orioles plan to open training camp Feb. 16, as scheduled. He said Regan will arrive in Sarasota, Fla., before the camp gets under way.

Orioles minor-leaguers are scheduled to report Feb. 19.

ORIOLES WINTER CARNIVAL

10 a.m. Tickets to individual games go on sale. Autograph session: Paul Blair, Dick Hall and Elrod Hendricks.

10:30 a.m. Orioles heroes photo session with Boog Powell. Orioles clinic series with Dave Johnson. Trivia contest with Rex Barney.

11 a.m. Roundtable discussion with manager Phil Regan and his coaching staff.

11:30 a.m. Autograph session with Dave Johnson. Trivia contest with Rex Barney.

11:45 a.m. Autograph session with Boog Powell.

12:30 p.m. Autograph session with Lee May and Mike Flanagan. Photo session with Al Bumbry. Clinic series with Larry Sheets. Trivia contest with Dave Johnson.

1 p.m. Roundtable discussion with Orioles senior front-office staff.

1:30 p.m. Trivia contest with Larry Sheets.

2 p.m. Autograph session with Frank Robinson.

2:30 p.m. Autograph session with Tippy Martinez and Larry Sheets. Photo session with Ken Singleton. Roundtable discussion with Jim Palmer, Scott Garceau, Phil Wood, Thom Loverro, Peter Schmuck and John Delcos. Clinic series with Kevin Hickey.

3:30 p.m. Autograph session with Don Buford and Kevin Hickey. Photo session with Tippy Martinez.

4 p.m. Autograph session with Jim Palmer. Clinic series with Joe Durham.

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