What a way to start

Opening Day 1999

April 06, 1999

5 Orioles home openers to remember...

April 15, 1954, Orioles 3, White Sox 1: In the first American League game in Baltimore since 1902, the Orioles defeated Chicago behind Bob Turley's seven-hitter and home runs by Clint Courtney and Vern Stephens.

April 5, 1982, Orioles 13, Royals 5: Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer in his first major-league opener and Eddie Murray added a grand slam before a then-record crowd for Opening Day, 51,956.

April 8, 1985, Orioles 4, Rangers 2: Amid occasional snow flurries, the Orioles were held hitless for six innings, but Eddie Murray's two-run homer in the eighth broke a tie and beat Texas.

April 3, 1989, Orioles 5, Red Sox 4, 11 innings: Coming off their 0-21 start and 107 losses in 1988, the Orioles showed that things would be different in 1989. Cal Ripken's three-run homer off Roger Clemens gave the Orioles the lead in the sixth inning, and Craig Worthington's single won it in extra innings.

April 6, 1992, Orioles 2, Indians 0: The Orioles' first game at Camden Yards was short and sweet, with Rick Sutcliffe shutting out Cleveland in 2 hours, 2 minutes. Chris Hoiles drove in the first regular-season run at the new ballpark.

and 1 to forget...

April 4, 1988, Brewers 12, Orioles 0: The Orioles fell flat before a record crowd for Opening Day in Baltimore, 52,395, losing big to Milwaukee in the first of 21 consecutive losses. It was the only time the Orioles failed to score in a home opener at Memorial Stadium.

Pub Date: 4/06/99

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