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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
His manager, Earl Weaver , called him "the best leadoff man in the game," and who's to argue? In five years with the Orioles, Don Buford batted .270, ran the bases with ferocity and helped the club reach three World Series. It's no coincidence that, one year after Buford crashed the lineup, the Orioles won 101 games and the first of three straight American League pennants (1969-1971). Twice, he hit .300 or better in the postseason. In 1969, Buford made history as the first player ever to lead off a World Series with a home run, connecting off the New York Mets' Tom Seaver.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
His manager, Earl Weaver , called him "the best leadoff man in the game," and who's to argue? In five years with the Orioles, Don Buford batted .270, ran the bases with ferocity and helped the club reach three World Series. It's no coincidence that, one year after Buford crashed the lineup, the Orioles won 101 games and the first of three straight American League pennants (1969-1971). Twice, he hit .300 or better in the postseason. In 1969, Buford made history as the first player ever to lead off a World Series with a home run, connecting off the New York Mets' Tom Seaver.
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By SYLVIA BADGER | August 15, 1993
Last week, Don Buford, a k a Baltimore's best leadoff man, became the 21st Baltimore Oriole to be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.Buford was the scrappy outfielder who got things going for the Birds in the 1969-1971 seasons. Now he's the man who gets things moving as the manager of the Bowie Baysox, who are playing this season at Memorial Stadium.Hundreds of Buford's friends, fans and family joined the Orioles Advocates at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel for lunch. I had the pleasure of chatting with many of them before lunch.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | January 23, 2010
Curt Motton's timing when it came to hitting some of the American League's top pitchers was under his control. When he played, and how much, was not. Motton, who died Thursday at age 69 after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, had the good fortune of playing with the Orioles when they were the league's most dominant team. It was also his misfortune, considering that Motton could never break into an outfield that featured Paul Blair, Frank Robinson and Don Buford. Orioles manager "Earl Weaver loved guys like Curt Motton because he knew what he was going to get," Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer recalled Friday.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,Staff Writer | June 20, 1993
There's something slightly unreal, something mythic and "Field-of-Dreams"-like, about all this. Here's the father, returning to the stadium of his glory days, now gray-haired and bespectacled, to impart his wisdom to a new generation of players. The son, born presciently enough in the middle of a World Series-winning season, growing up to take his place on his father's team.Someone call Hollywood.Well, maybe not just yet. Damon Buford, 23, currently is heating up more bench than bats as a rookie for the Orioles.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1994
The way Damon Buford looks at it, being on the same club with his father now is like making up for the time his dad was away while Damon was in Little League."
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,Contributing Writer | July 30, 1995
Bobby Bonilla's arrival instantly changed the makeup of the Orioles' lineup. Bonilla hit fourth last night, a spot occupied by Cal Ripken for all but six games before the trade. Manager Phil Regan anticipates Bonilla will bat cleanup on a regular basis."Bonilla can do a lot of things," Regan said. "He can hit with power from both sides. He'll fit in real well in our lineup right where he is today."Ripken said it had made more sense for him to bat fourth before Bonilla's arrival. But, with the new slugger in town, Ripken said he will enjoy hitting fifth.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
Don Buford was given the title of assistant director of player development, scouting director Gary Nickels signed a four-year contract extension and his assistant Fred Uhlman Jr. received a two-year deal, the Orioles announced yesterday."
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By Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck and Jim Henneman and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writers | March 4, 1993
SARASOTA, Fla. -- There was a personal touch yesterday when the Orioles announced that Don Buford had been selected as the 24th member of the club's Hall of Fame.The announcement, made jointly by the team and the sponsoring Orioles Advocates, was made to all organization members in camp just before yesterday's workout. Included in the group was Damon Buford, 22-year-old son of the Orioles' former leadoff hitter. Damon is on the major-league roster for the first time.General manager Roland Hemond informed the players, including 30 minor-leaguers here for an advanced minicamp, of the selection after they were shown a highlight film of Buford's career.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | August 7, 1993
Only a rainout detracted from a glorious day for the Bufords.Don Buford, the former Orioles leadoff hitter and current Bowie Baysox manager, was honored at a luncheon yesterday leading up to his induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame tonight before the game with the Cleveland Indians.Family members and friends have come from as far away asCalifornia for the occasion. The only thing that kept one son, Don Jr., away was a 36-hour shift in a Dallas hospital -- part of his medical school training.
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By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com | January 22, 2010
Curt Motton's timing when it came to hitting some of the American League's top pitchers was under his control. When he played, and how much, was not. Motton, who died Thursday at age 69 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer, had the good fortune of playing with the Orioles when they were the league's most dominant team. It was also his misfortune, considering that Motton could never break into an outfield that featured Paul Blair, Frank Robinson and Don Buford. "[Orioles manager]
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 12, 2001
The phone call came to John Parrish shortly after a friend heard of the pitcher's changing roles at Triple-A Rochester. No longer a starter, Parrish would begin each game in the bullpen, giving the appearance that the Orioles had become disenchanted with him. Or that, just maybe, they were groping for ways to salvage what remained of the tremendous promise he brought to the majors last July. Either way, it didn't look good. "Someone told me they thought I was getting demoted," he said, "but it's the best thing for my career, the best thing for me."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2000
If he finds too large a crowd at third base this spring, Ryan Minor says, he'll gladly take some throws at first. Anything to get on the field. Anything to get inside the batter's box. Anything to show the Orioles he shouldn't be fading from their plans. There was a time not long ago when Minor didn't need to worry about such things, a time when he ranked among the organization's top prospects despite limited baseball experience. Learning on the job, Minor tore through the South Atlantic League while playing for Single-A Delmarva in 1997, and talk of his replacing Cal Ripken already had started to mount.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,Contributing Writer | July 30, 1995
Bobby Bonilla's arrival instantly changed the makeup of the Orioles' lineup. Bonilla hit fourth last night, a spot occupied by Cal Ripken for all but six games before the trade. Manager Phil Regan anticipates Bonilla will bat cleanup on a regular basis."Bonilla can do a lot of things," Regan said. "He can hit with power from both sides. He'll fit in real well in our lineup right where he is today."Ripken said it had made more sense for him to bat fourth before Bonilla's arrival. But, with the new slugger in town, Ripken said he will enjoy hitting fifth.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
Don Buford was given the title of assistant director of player development, scouting director Gary Nickels signed a four-year contract extension and his assistant Fred Uhlman Jr. received a two-year deal, the Orioles announced yesterday."
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1994
The way Damon Buford looks at it, being on the same club with his father now is like making up for the time his dad was away while Damon was in Little League."
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 18, 1992
HAGERSTOWN -- You can't sit in a minor-league ballpark without projecting into the future, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to picture Don Buford's youngest son Damon as a second-generation Oriole.Damon, 22, is a speedy leadoff hitter, gifted outfielder and legitimate major-league prospect. Unfortunately, he's in the same organization as Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux -- and even more alarming, the same organization as Jeffrey Hammonds.The Orioles still haven't signed Hammonds, their No. 1 pick, but Mike Mussina already is predicting his former Stanford teammate will play in the majors by the end of next season.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 4, 1993
Such a strange game. Don Buford drove Jeffrey Hammonds to the airport yesterday. Don's son Damon was awaiting a promotion to the Orioles. Hammonds was flying to Ottawa to replace him at Triple-A."
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January 28, 1994
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By SYLVIA BADGER | August 15, 1993
Last week, Don Buford, a k a Baltimore's best leadoff man, became the 21st Baltimore Oriole to be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.Buford was the scrappy outfielder who got things going for the Birds in the 1969-1971 seasons. Now he's the man who gets things moving as the manager of the Bowie Baysox, who are playing this season at Memorial Stadium.Hundreds of Buford's friends, fans and family joined the Orioles Advocates at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel for lunch. I had the pleasure of chatting with many of them before lunch.
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