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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2011
News reports this month about the return next season of a slightly altered Oriole bird to players' caps for the first time since 1992 brought to mind its creator, longtime Baltimore Sun cartoonist James Adams Hartzell, who introduced the original bird in 1954. Gone is the "ornithologically correct bird" in favor of the cartoon one, The Sun reported. Hartzell's bird was a Baltimore tradition beginning in 1954, and from 1966 until its retirement in 1979 was a front-page feature of The Sun during baseball season.
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September 22, 2014
The Orioles have already given Baltimore much to be proud of this week by clinching the American League East division title. Not as well known is another reason for Baltimore to be proud of this amazing organization - for the role that they are playing in the fight against lung cancer ( "Reflecting on memorable scenes from the Orioles' celebration Tuesday," Sept. 17). When Orioles Public Relations Director Monica Barlow died this February of lung cancer, she was only 36 years old. She had spent much of her four-and-a-half-year fight against lung cancer sharing her story in the hope of bringing attention to the critical need for research, some of which helped extend her own life.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The Orioles have been getting quite a bit of national pub these days. They've been rising up everybody's power rankings , and this fella who plays third base seems to be a topic of conversation wherever you turn (even after losses like today's). Well, the Oriole Bird is getting his share of the love, too. Forbes revealed its 10 most popular mascots in pro sports on Tuesday, and our furry friend who patrols the aisles at Camden Yards is among them . As they explain, the mascots were chosen on the following crieteria: "Awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction and fun. " Fans were also asked if a given mascot happened to be his “absolute favorite” or “one of my favorites.” The Orioles' success on the field seemed to also be a factor in The Bird being chosen.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The Orioles clinching a division title had been inevitable for weeks. But for fans who'd waited 17 years to reclaim bragging rights in the American League East, witnessing the actual moment at Camden Yards Tuesday night seemed essential. A sweet moment it was, with orange and white confetti raining from the upper deck as the Orioles formed an exultant mob on the field after beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-2, to seize their first divisional title since 1997. “This was awesome.
NEWS
October 19, 1995
The Linthicum Community Fair begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with a parade that will include several floats and the Oriole Bird.Children in grades one through six are invited to arrive at old Andover High School with their decorated bicycles by 8:30 a.m.The parade will proceed along Hammonds Ferry Road to the fairgrounds on the field across from St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.The fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature pony rides, a scarecrow booth, a silent auction, clowns, craft dealers, live entertainment and more.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff | November 15, 1991
James Patrick Parker had just made another of his many appearances as the Oriole Bird, this time at the Glen Burnie home of a seriously ill child.It was a part-time job for the 23-year-old Towson State University senior theater major, and one he enjoyed. And after two seasons in the bird suit, it was something he did well.But it would be his last performance.At 4:40 p.m. yesterday, on his way home to Carroll County after the Glen Burnie appearance, Parker was killed in a one-car accident at Fort Meade.
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By John Rivera HC | November 15, 1991
A 23-year-old Towson State University student who performed as the Oriole Bird was killed yesterday when he lost control of his Ford Bronco as he was driving home from an appearance as the Bird in Anne Arundel County.James Patrick Parker was driving west on Route 32 through Fort Meade about 4:30 p.m. when he lost control of his truck and it flipped three times, base spokesman Chris Ivusic said.Mr. Parker was thrown from the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Fort Meade emergency services personnel.
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By MAUREEN RICE | March 9, 1993
It's not summer, but the Baltimore Orioles have the attention of their fans. Quite a few of those fans will be delighted at the appearance of the Oriole Bird, who will visit Freedom Elementary School on Thursday as part of the promotion of the new "Cal Bars" candy bars (for Cal Ripken, whose picture is on the candy wrapper)."We were hoping that the Bird would come," said Tina Crockett, fund raising chairperson for the school PTA, "but we didn't receive confirmation until this weekend. Because we weren't sure we didn't tell the kids, so an awful lot of them will be very surprised."
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | April 6, 2009
Seventeen years after he flew the coop, the Oriole bird has returned to The Baltimore Sun. Starting tomorrow, the whimsical cartoon - a stamp-sized favorite of Sun readers during the team's heyday 40 years ago - will regularly grace the sports pages. "Hopefully, in that one inch of space, this classic little Oriole can capture the essence of last night's game," said Mike Ricigliano, the cartoonist who will draw it. Ricigliano's oddball work has appeared in The Sun (and, previously, The Evening Sun)
NEWS
June 11, 2000
The Carroll County Public Library will hold its summer reading programs tomorrow through Aug. 5. The five branches will offer reading and other programs for children. Reading Rhythms is open to children from infancy through fifth grade. The eight-week program combines reading and music with game activities. Children can earn weekly reading incentives, watch programs and enter weekly prize drawings. Incentives include a summer reading bag with a game board, bookmark, Baltimore Zoo pass and more.
NEWS
April 6, 2014
Lots of local children either attended or watched the Opening Day ceremonies for the Orioles last week as the team started its season at Camden Yards, but a group of youngsters from Fort Meade had a particularly nice vantage point for the festivities: the field OriolesREACH, the community outreach branch of the ballclub, arranged for 80 youths to line the orange carpet holding Orioles flags during player introductions before the game against the...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
The path that brought Nelson Cruz to the orange carpet for Opening Day introductions at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon wasn't the one he imagined months ago when he became a free agent. But if there was any doubt in his mind whether he landed in the right place, those questions were answered quickly. As Cruz ran down the carpet before the Orioles' season opener against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Baltimore welcomed him with the long, exaggerated chant of his last name - “Cruuuuuzzzz” - a sound he had heard for several years from adoring fans in his former home ballpark playing for the Texas Rangers.
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Peter Schmuck | May 24, 2013
For all of those hoping that the interleague competition between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals would turn into an honest-to-goodness regional rivalry, there is good news to report as both teams prepare for the four-game home-and-home series that begins on Monday at Nationals Park. Both teams have achieved a standing in their own leagues that makes their head-to-head showdowns have real meaning. Maybe not Orioles/Yankees or Nats/Braves real meaning, but certainly enough significance that we can start finding irrational reasons for fans of both teams to start hating each other.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Amanda Redman, who blogs about the Orioles for the Birds Watcher blog . MV: The Orioles entered Monday night's AL East showdown with the New York Yankees with five straight losses, all at home. I know there is still a long way and many, many games between now and late September, but are you concerned that these Orioles might be finally falling back to Earth?
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The Orioles have been getting quite a bit of national pub these days. They've been rising up everybody's power rankings , and this fella who plays third base seems to be a topic of conversation wherever you turn (even after losses like today's). Well, the Oriole Bird is getting his share of the love, too. Forbes revealed its 10 most popular mascots in pro sports on Tuesday, and our furry friend who patrols the aisles at Camden Yards is among them . As they explain, the mascots were chosen on the following crieteria: "Awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction and fun. " Fans were also asked if a given mascot happened to be his “absolute favorite” or “one of my favorites.” The Orioles' success on the field seemed to also be a factor in The Bird being chosen.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2013
Charlie Zill, the popular long-time usher at Camden Yards who entertained Orioles fans with his “Zillbilly” dance during the seventh-inning stretch, died late Saturday night of lung cancer. He was 56. Zill, who had been diagnosed with cancer three and a half years ago, attended his final Orioles game April 17 as a guest of the club.  Wearing an Orioles cap and jersey over his trademark “Zillbilly” overalls, he threw out the first pitch from his wheelchair before the Orioles took the field against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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By ORIOLES.COM | March 28, 2008
WHERE -- Oriole Park WHEN -- Tomorrow. General admission starts at 10:30 a.m. at Gate C. Fan forums begin at 10:45 a.m. and last throughout the day. A two-hour autograph session with current and former Orioles begins at 11 a.m., followed by a team workout at 1:15. Fans can pose for photos with the 1983 World Series trophy in Championship Cafe from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities -- The main concourse will have a speed pitch, moon bounce and other activities. Photos with the Oriole Bird and free giveaways will take place on the club level.
NEWS
By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,Staff Writer | September 9, 1992
Except for a visit from the Oriole Bird, it was a pretty typical school day in Carroll County.Make that a typical first school day."This is a day when everyone has to be really flexible," said Dorothy Mangle, director of elementary education for the Carroll County public schools."
NEWS
By Charlie Vascellaro, For The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
For Baltimore baseball fans inspired by the Orioles' surprising success last year, spring training couldn't have come soon enough. Those who never wanted that magic season to end along with newbie Birds fans are already flocking in droves to the team's Grapefruit League home at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. I had some genuine Smalltimore moments during the first two days of a recent five-day visit to the Gulf Coast of Florida, where the Orioles roost from February to the end of March.
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EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | November 29, 2012
As the end of the Major League Baseball regular season drew to a close this year, something that hadn't happened in a long time came to pass: the Baltimore Orioles made it to the postseason, winning the wild card playoff with the Rangers and then dropping their divisional round playoff with the Yankees. All-in-all, the 2012 season was a success for the Orioles, who hadn't make the playoffs since 1997. Some credit the team management, some the players, most likely both. This is baseball, though, a sport notorious for its legendary superstitions.
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