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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | May 21, 1995
Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra started his baseball announcing career about 40 years ago on the streets of Baltimore. As he played "curb ball" and "whiffle ball" with some neighborhood friends while dodging cars, Manfra also delivered the play-by-play."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra's familiar voice returned to the airwaves Tuesday for the first time since the first week of the season. Manfra, who has worked on the club's radio broadcasts since 1993, expected to only miss a month after undergoing a right hip replacement procedure in early April. But he needed a second surgery that kept him out for a total of 80 games. Both surgeries were performed by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. Manfra said it was difficult being away from the club for an extended amount of time.
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By John Steadman | September 17, 1993
There's this rich resonance and a commanding delivery, as if it's coming from high on the mountain top, yet totally distinctive, which conveys to the listener that the man knows precisely what he's talking about. Fred Manfra is the best thing to happen to Baltimore baseball since Chuck Thompson and Jon Miller.He's far and away the Rookie of the Year. Manfra brings with him the essential pre-requisites -- the voice, excellent enunciation and a precise understanding of what he's describing.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra, who underwent hip replacement surgery in April, has targeted July 1 as his return date, broadcast partner Joe Angel said during today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on WBAL Radio (1090 AM). In early June, Manfra told The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck that he would be out several more weeks after undergoing a second procedure May 19 to correct a displaced surgical pin in his femur. “Everything's going well," Manfra told Schmuck.
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By MILTON KENT | July 24, 1997
It's not as if they're finishing each other's sentences or borrowing each other's car or even swapping fishing lures, but Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra, your Orioles radio announcers, have settled into a comfort level.If that leaves the impression that this duo has only recently struck up a good rapport or found the kind of familiarity that pays off in the broadcasting booth, then that's not completely accurate.Truth is, these two found buddy-dom in the heat of the Florida spring, and things have gone swimmingly between them since.
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By Ray Frager and Ray Frager,Staff Writer | December 17, 1992
When he was a kid, Fred Manfra wanted to be Gus Triandos. Then he decided he'd like to be Chuck Thompson.WBAL Radio granted Manfra's second childhood wish yesterday.Manfra, a native Baltimorean and 12-year ABC Radio sportscaster, has been named an Orioles announcer by WBAL. Manfra replaces Joe Angel, who left to become voice of the Florida Marlins."I grew up listening to Chuck Thompson," Manfra, 46, said yesterday. "He was the guy who really was the basis of my career. Listening to him really planted the seeds of broadcasting in me."
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By Bill Tanton | February 23, 1993
Vince Bagli, the dean of local sports broadcasters, hopes Baltimoreans appreciate how lucky they have been with Orioles play-by-play announcers over the years."
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By Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen and Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Orioles' rearranged television and radio broadcast teams no longer have a spot for Michael Reghi. With Joe Angel being hired by WBAL Radio to do play-by-play, returning to the city after a 12-year absence, Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra will share the play-by-play duties on Comcast SportsNet and the Orioles Television Network while also assisting on the radio broadcasts. Analysts Jim Palmer and Buck Martinez return to the television booth, but Reghi's contract wasn't renewed after seven seasons.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2004
Reaching into their past has become so commonplace for the Orioles, they have extended the practice to the broadcast booth. Joe Angel, who called the team's games as Jon Miller's partner on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) for four years, will return to the flagship station as lead play-by-play announcer - a move that affects holdovers Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra, among others. Orioles spokesman Bill Stetka confirmed Angel's hiring after the station's Web site unexpectedly released the news. "Joe will be part of our radio team," Stetka said.
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By RAY FRAGER | May 21, 1993
WBAL's Manfra can't seem to score inside the Fred zoneThe history of broadcasting is loaded with great Freds. Fred Allen. Fred MacMurray. Fred Mertz (he'd meet Ricky at da cloob, remember?). Fred Flintstone. J. Fred Muggs.Orioles radio broadcasts have their own Fred, first-year announcer Fred Manfra. How does he rank in the Fred pecking order?He's taller than J. Fred Muggs, dresses better than Fred Flintstone and has more hair than Fred Mertz. Unlike Fred MacMurray, he doesn't have three sons.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra, who underwent hip replacement surgery in April, will be out several more weeks after undergoing a second procedure May 19 to correct a displaced surgical pin in his femur. “Everything's going well," Manfra said in a telephone interview Monday. “A pin slipped, and I had a second surgery two weeks ago. Hopefully, this one will take.” Manfra, who teams with Joe Angel on the WBAL radio broadcasts, is still using a walker to get around and said he hopes to be back at work toward the end of this month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Orioles radio broadcasts will remain on WBAL-AM 1090 for at least the next two seasons. The club and the station have finalized a multiyear deal for WBAL to remain the Orioles' radio affiliate, according to an industry source. It is believed to be a two-year pact. Joe Angel and Fred Manfra, who have called Orioles radio broadcasts together since 2004, will also return, the source added. A previous three-year deal with WBAL expired at the end of this season. Specifics of the deal are not known, but it is structured as a revenue-sharing partnership between the two sides.  The Orioles don't plan to make a formal announcement on the new deal.
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February 23, 2013
Can't wait for the email from The Sun's finance department asking me why I went to the grocery store every day for three weeks. No big mystery there. I've turned over a new leaf - literally - and open each day here at spring training by picking up a bag of fresh lettuce for my lunch. Never have been one for rabbit food, but I'm studying for my upcoming physical and need to drop a few pounds before I get back to Baltimore in early March. So far, so good. I'm not the only one who is trying to get healthier this spring.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck | February 22, 2010
Joe Angel, the radio voice for the Orioles for the past six seasons, confirmed Sunday that he will return to that role in 2010. Fred Manfra is expected to be back as Angel's partner, though the Orioles have yet to make an official announcement. "This is where I want to be," Angel said in a telephone interview. "I've left Baltimore twice and come back twice, so this obviously is where I want to be. I'm ready to go." During the past month, Angel was under consideration for a similar role with the Los Angeles Angels, who are searching for a replacement for the late Rory Markas.
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January 11, 2009
The Hyatt Regency Baltimore mezzanine was filled with folks preparing for an evening trip. That's certainly not unusual when you're in a hotel. But this was a journey that wouldn't leave the hotel ballroom. And the "traveling clothes" were black-tie optional. "We're going to take a little walk down Motown Memory Lane," said Christine Snyder. She and husband Larry Snyder were the co-chairs of this, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's "23rd Annual Gift of Life Gala," in which several 1960s-era musicians would be performing: The Platters, Charlie Thomas and The Drifters, A Tribute to the Delfonics and Ali Ollie Woodson of The Temptations.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | April 3, 2006
Jim Hunter didn't sleep a wink last night. Opening Day is what passes for Christmas morning in Jimmyville, so he was tossing and turning all night and wondering if jolly old St. Angelos would finally be bringing Baltimore a winning baseball team. Apparently, we've all been bad boys and girls the past eight years, because the Orioles have finished below .500 in every season since 1997, but Jimmy refuses to give up hope. He got so excited last year - while the Orioles were spending 62 straight days in first place - they had to turn down his microphone because he kept drowning out Fred Manfra's wardrobe.
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By RAY FRAGER | March 5, 1993
Manfra knows a tough town when it's hisOne of the things that keeps us glued to the emerald chessboard of baseball -- though nail-polish remover should take care of the glue -- is eternal rites of spring training.Surely, you can recite them: pitchers ahead of the hitters, pulled hamstrings, visa problems, holdouts . . . and a new voice in the Orioles radio booth.This year's new voice is Fred Manfra, returning to broadcast in his hometown after working from coast to coast, the past 12 years with ABC Radio.
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February 23, 2013
Can't wait for the email from The Sun's finance department asking me why I went to the grocery store every day for three weeks. No big mystery there. I've turned over a new leaf - literally - and open each day here at spring training by picking up a bag of fresh lettuce for my lunch. Never have been one for rabbit food, but I'm studying for my upcoming physical and need to drop a few pounds before I get back to Baltimore in early March. So far, so good. I'm not the only one who is trying to get healthier this spring.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | June 9, 2005
I WAS AFRAID it might come to this. The broadcasters are starting to fight back. The other night I was watching the Orioles' television broadcast and Jim Hunter - right between a wistful paean to Jay Gibbons and an attempt to convince Buck Martinez that Miguel Tejada should be immediately eligible for sainthood - leveled an unexpected broadside in the direction of The Sun's highly respected Page 2 columnist. OK, I figured what goes around comes around. Hunter has been sacked a few times on this page, so he's entitled to defend himself.
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By Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen and Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Orioles' rearranged television and radio broadcast teams no longer have a spot for Michael Reghi. With Joe Angel being hired by WBAL Radio to do play-by-play, returning to the city after a 12-year absence, Jim Hunter and Fred Manfra will share the play-by-play duties on Comcast SportsNet and the Orioles Television Network while also assisting on the radio broadcasts. Analysts Jim Palmer and Buck Martinez return to the television booth, but Reghi's contract wasn't renewed after seven seasons.
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