Anderson swipes place in club's Hall

307 steals are O's record

Tyler also to get his due

Mora jars neck in car

Notebook

April 08, 2004|By Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen | Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

Brady Anderson, who stole an Orioles-record 307 bases during his 14 seasons in Baltimore, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame before the Aug. 21 home game against Toronto.

Anderson will be honored along with Ernie Tyler, the Orioles' longtime umpires attendant who has not missed a home game in 44 seasons. Tyler will receive the Herb Armstrong Award for non-uniformed personnel who have made a significant contribution to the team.

Along with his stolen-base record, Anderson also set the club's single-season mark with 50 homers in 1996 - the most by a leadoff hitter in baseball history. He ranks second in triples (64) and walks (927), fourth in hits (1,614), runs (1,044), doubles (329) and extra-base hits (602), fifth in homers (209) and total bases (2,698) and sixth in RBIs (744) and games (1,759).

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in 1988, Anderson was a three-time All-Star and one of the franchise's most popular players. He spent part of the 2002 season with the Cleveland Indians and finished his career with Triple-A Portland last year.

Tyler, a Baltimore native and Mount St. Joseph graduate, worked part time as an usher at Orioles games in the 1950s before being named umpires attendant before the 1960 season.

Starting with Opening Day of that year, Tyler has worked 3,483 consecutive regular-season games at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards.

Tyler will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 30.

Mora in car accident

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora injured his neck in a car accident yesterday afternoon but remained in the lineup.

Mora said he was driving slowly through traffic along Baltimore Street after leaving the team's annual luncheon when a portion of fence from a construction site crashed onto the roof of his car.

"It scared me. I'm glad I didn't bring my convertible or I could've been killed," said Mora, who received treatment before the game for neck inflammation.

"He's a little tender," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "He said he was fine. He just got a little shaken up by it."

Tejada joins Ripken

For one day, Cal Ripken and Miguel Tejada were teammates.

Tejada assisted Ripken and his brother, Bill, during yesterday's youth baseball clinic at Camden Yards. They offered instruction to 40 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Maryland and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.

Asked later about his impressions of Tejada, Ripken said, "Miguel's a great two-way player, a good person. He approaches the game in a very similar fashion to how I used to approach it. He comes to the ballpark and does what he can to win. I'm a big Miguel Tejada fan.

"I'm trying to figure out a way to sabotage him so I can end his consecutive-games streak."

Tejada played in his 597th straight game last night.

Ripken, who also was in town with Bill yesterday to promote their book, Play Baseball the Ripken Way, attended Opening Night and said he noticed a changed atmosphere.

"There was a certain sense of optimism and excitement around here that I haven't seen in a while," he said. "You look at the team on paper, and they're a very strong team. The only ifs are on the pitching staff. It's a very young staff, but who knows? You might discover a Tim Hudson or a Barry Zito, and maybe they'll all develop at the same time. And if that happens ... it could be a very interesting year."

The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation donated $92,000 yesterday to be shared by five Boys and Girls Clubs in Maryland. Also through the foundation, NikeGO will donate $100,000 worth of baseball and softball equipment to Baltimore County Public Schools.

Around the horn

Like most major league parks, Camden Yards is showing virtual ads behind home plate that are visible to television viewers but not to fans in the stands. ... Sunday night's opener against the Red Sox drew about 2.2 million viewers on ESPN2; it was the most-watched regular-season game in the network's history.

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