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June 08, 2005|By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest | Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Henry Wolf

Guard/event staff, Baltimore Orioles

Age: 73

Years in business: 48

Salary: $8.75 an hour - about $4,500 a season.

How he started: As a former full-time firefighter with Bethlehem Steel Corp., Wolf began working part time with the Orioles in 1957 to make extra money. He was paid $5 a night to park cars as fans arrived. He could make an extra $5 if he went into the stadium during the game to serve beer.

The good: "The people are nice to work for. It's the only reason I'm here."

The bad: Working two jobs most of his life, Wolf said, he missed a lot of time with his three children as they were growing up. But he said he's making up for it, spending a lot of time with his four grandchildren.

Typical day: He works every home game and must report one hour and 45 minutes before game time. He first attends a meeting for the event staff to find out what is expected for that game - estimated crowd, giveaways, etc. Wolf is a guard or usher for the private suites and club-level seats. Before and during the game he checks tickets, answers questions and points people in the right direction. After the game, he directs people out the doors and helps with an orderly exit. He can leave one hour after the game ends.

Favorite baseball player: Brooks Robinson

Favorite story: He remembers working at Memorial Stadium when a cabbie pulled up and asked Wolf where to let out the baseball players in his taxi. Wolf showed him the entrance, and out came Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin and Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees. "They were out all night. When you opened up the door, it smelled like a brewery," Wolf said. But Mantle hit a home run, Ford pitched, and the Yankees beat the Orioles 1-0.

Philosophy on the job: Treat people the way you want to be treated.

Dealing with the occasional unruly fan: "You always try to be nice. The best thing to do, I've found, is to smile."

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