Anderson hits No. 50, 2 HR records Final pop added to O's celebration

September 30, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF

TORONTO -- Brady Anderson's 50th home run of the year capped the regular season for the Orioles, and for the first time in 13 years, there will be postseason baseball in Baltimore.

Anderson led off yesterday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with a homer to right field, becoming the 14th player to hit 50 home runs in a season and the first Oriole to do so. Frank Robinson set the previous club mark of 49 home runs in 1966.

It also was the 12th time this season that Anderson homered to lead off the first inning, breaking the major-league record he had shared with Bobby Bonds.

"Usually, I don't think about numbers, but I'm glad I got this one," Anderson said. "To have any major-league record for home runs is something to be proud of."

The Orioles lost, 4-1, in a game with no playoff implications and will begin the best-of-five divisional playoffs tomorrow at Camden Yards against the defending American League champion Cleveland Indians.

Games 1 and 2 will be played tomorrow and Wednesday at Camden Yards, beginning at 1: 07 p.m. The remaining games will be played in Cleveland.

David Wells will start Game 1 for the Orioles against Charles Nagy of the Indians. Scott Erickson will start Game 2 for the Orioles, going against Orel Hershiser.

Tickets remain for the first two games of the series.

More than 1,000 tickets were returned to the Orioles recently. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today and can be purchased at the Camden Yards box office and at TicketMaster outlets. Tickets cannot be purchased over the phone.

Pub Date: 9/30/96

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