Not too long ago, some readers made suggestions as to which player ranked as the toughest Oriole. Someone mentioned Brady Anderson's appendicitis in 1996. He had it, then he didn't. Coincidentally, Anderson sent me a text message on Thursday. So I asked him about it.
One doctor said his appendix had to be removed. "I couldn't believe it," Anderson said last week. "I had 32 home runs at the time." A different doctor said the condition might go away if he could deal with the pain. After a few days, he came back and hit 18 more home runs, and the Orioles made the playoffs.