Steady Surhoff won't stargaze

Orioles: His club's poor season is obscuring his gaudy numbers, but B. J. Surhoff isn't overly concerned about whether he finally makes it to his first All-Star Game of a quietly productive 13-year career.

June 13, 1999|By Joe Strauss | Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF

ATLANTA -- He has carried the flag for his organization and, literally, for his country, played every game of a season and challenged for a batting title in a strike-shortened campaign. In an era of made-for-"SportsCenter" hype and showmanship, Orioles left fielder B. J. Surhoff remains not so much a secret but a largely unrecognized talent on a team long rife with superstars and only recently overshadowed by intrigue.

"When I look at him," says Orioles hitting coach Terry Crowley, "I see the same kind of commitment and intensity that Pete Rose and Frank Robinson brought to the game. It's uncompromising."

Most hits by non-All-Stars

All time

Player (Years) Hits

Joe Kehel (1930-47) 2,212

Tony Phillips (1982-pres.) 1,977

Jose Cardenal (1963-80) 1,913

Garry Maddox (1972-86) 1,802

Dave Philley (1941-62) 1,700

Jim Gantner (1976-92) 1,696

Richie Hebner (1968-85) 1,694

Bill Bruton (1953-64) 1,651

Enos Cabell (1972-86) 1,647

B. J. Surhoff (1987-pres.) 1,618

Active (1,200 or more hits)

Player, Team Hits

Tony Phillips, Athletics 1,977

B. J. Surhoff, Orioles 1,618

Otis Nixon, Braves 1,366

Dave Martinez, Devil Rays 1,324

Todd Zeile, Rangers 1,312

Brian McRae, Mets 1,294

Charlie Hayes, Giants 1,247

Note: Surhoff through yesterday; others through Friday

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