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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2004
Brooks Robinson's peers believe his defense wasn't just one of the Orioles' defining characteristics. His play at third base was the defining characteristic, they say. "The Orioles were built on having great defense, and Brooks was the cornerstone," said Ron Hansen, who played shortstop alongside Robinson in the early 1960s. Earl Weaver's tantrums and Cal Ripken's streak also became symbols of the franchise, but nothing over the decades ranks ahead of Robinson's defense. "That's the Baltimore Orioles right there," said George Kell, a Hall of Famer who tutored Robinson in the 1950s.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2001
Tony Muser called it an impossible task. Terry Crowley wanted no part of it. Scott McGregor simply was appreciative for having such skilled players behind him, no matter who rated higher. Will Cal Ripken be remembered as the greatest Oriole, putting him on top of an impressive list of candidates? If he's not the leader, who rises above him? Maybe a better place to look is beside him. Ties are allowed in these debates, which brought contradictions and a few cop-outs. Muser, the Kansas City Royals' manager who spent three seasons with the Orioles in the 1970s, came up with this gem while changing clothes in the visitors' clubhouse at Camden Yards: "There were some pretty good players in the history of the franchise."
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By Dan Connolly and Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Paul Blair, a key member of four Orioles World Series teams and considered the best defensive outfielder in franchise history, died Thursday evening in Pikesville while participating in a celebrity bowling tournament, according to Gloria Blair, his wife of 42 years. He was 69. Gloria Blair said her husband played 18 holes of golf with friends Thursday morning, and when he came home was asked to take part in a celebrity bowling tournament at AMF Pikesville Lanes. "Paul was honestly too tired, but he never says no," she said.
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September 1, 2011
September 17, 1955: Brooks Robinson had two hits in his major-league debut.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
Gus Triandos, a brawny slugger who won the hearts of Orioles fans starved for someone to cheer for in the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in San Jose, Calif. He was 82. "My father died in his sleep," his daughter, Lori Luna, said. "He'd been dealing with congestive heart failure for 10 years. It was hard for him to get up. "His heart just gave out. " A catcher and four-time All Star, Triandos played with the Orioles from 1955 through 1962 and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1981.
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By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Talking with Boog Powell can make you hungry. By the time the former Orioles star and current barbecue master has rhapsodized about the pleasures of, say, pit beef with horseradish sauce, homemade buttermilk biscuits and grilled asparagus with rosemary, chances are your mouth will be watering. "Oh, I love food," says the 6-foot-4 former slugger, laughing heartily. "I enjoy eating a good meal, whether it's steamed crabs, or collard greens and cornbread. … But my favorite is barbecue.
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By Mike Klingaman and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph. “On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived,' “ he once said. Weaver, the Orioles' chain-smoking, umpire-baiting, tomato-growing manager who led the team to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship in his 17 years here, died late Friday night while on a baseball-themed cruise. The Orioles confirmed his death Saturday morning but did not release a cause. The Hall of Famer, who lived in Pembroke Pines, Fla., was 82. “Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball,” Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement.
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August 23, 2007
Good morning -- Brooks Robinson -- Hearing you were the top vote-getter on the all-time Gold Glove team stoked memories of the '70 World Series.
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