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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
In eight years with the Orioles, did B.J. Surhoff ever crack a smile? Surely, he had cause. It was here, in mid-career, that Surhoff: (1) found his home-run swing, (2) finally landed an All-Star berth and (3) twice helped the Orioles to the playoffs (1996-97), where they haven't been since. Through it all, Surhoff's grim visage never changed. Hit a homer, jump for joy? Not him. "I remember that one reporter said my expression was 'dour,' " he said. "I had to look that one up."
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
St. Paul's senior Jordan Surhoff has been swimming almost as long as she can remember. The daughter of Orioles Hall of Famer B.J. Surhoff and former internationally ranked swimmer Polly (Winde) Surhoff, she has three older swimming siblings - Austin, a senior at Texas; Kendall, a freshman at North Carolina; and 20-year-old Mason, who is autistic and swims in the Special Olympics. Surhoff, who turns 18 Saturday, put the perfect ending on her St. Paul's swimming career last weekend by winning two individual events in record time and anchoring two relays to victory as the Gators finished second in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference.
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By Buster Olney | December 21, 1995
Age: 31 (turns 32 Aug. 4).History: A member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, Surhoff played for the University of North Carolina and was the first player selected in the 1985 draft. Surhoff broke into the majors in 1987, and struggled through some frustrating years as he switched from catcher to third base. Shoulder and abdomen injuries hampered his 1994 season, and Surhoff took a pay cut to re-sign with the Brewers for 1995 -- and he had the best season of his career. Surhoff batted .320 with a career-high 13 homers and an on-base percentage of .378.
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July 21, 2011
Meadowbrook, 315; Forest Hill, 171 In their fourth dual meet of the season, the Forest Hill Frogs held the lead after two events. The Meadowbrook Tomatoes then turned on the heat and defeated the Frogs, 315-171. It was a fun and competitive meet for all. Jon Arbaugh, Michael Brady and Alex Ewart achieved two first-place finishes in individual events for Forest Hill. The meet was also exciting for one Meadowbrook family. Polly Winde Surhoff's 1980 Forest Hill pool record of 35.80 for 15-18 girls 50-meter breaststroke was topped by not just one, but both of her daughters.
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By John Eisenberg | August 1, 2000
HE WAS AN EMOTIONAL wreck before he sat down for the news conference, in tears long before anyone even asked a question. In tears even though he was going from a losing team heading nowhere to a likely division winner possibly headed for the World Series. In tears even though he was escaping a franchise in turmoil for the game's reigning model of stability and success. In tears because, as hard as it might be for anyone outside the game's ropes to believe, sometimes there are more important things to a player.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 10, 1998
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He was drafted ahead of Will Clar and Barry Larkin, ahead of Barry Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro, ahead of Walt Weiss, Gregg Jefferies and Joey Cora.Those seven first-round picks from the 1985 amateur draft have combined for 12 Gold Gloves, 27 All-Star selections and four Most Valuable Player awards.B. J. Surhoff has not earned any of those honors.And yet, the longer the Orioles left fielder plays, the more he justifies his selection as the first overall pick in '85.Surhoff, 33, might not be as accomplished as some of the players chosen behind him, but he's a player's player, a coach's favorite, a manager's dream.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | August 25, 2007
B.J. Surhoff was always a favorite among fans during his eight seasons with the Orioles. And he knew the primary reason. "One is playing well," he said. "You can be as popular as you want, but if you don't produce in this day and age, you're not going to be as popular with them as you'd like." Surhoff was good enough to be inducted into the Orioles' Hall of Fame, which will happen before tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins. His tenure with the club was divided into two tours, and he was an outfielder on the last two playoff teams in 1996 and 1997 - his first two seasons in Baltimore.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 5, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - This should be the making of a nice homecoming: B.J. Surhoff starting in left for the Orioles' March 31 opener at Camden Yards. The former Oriole who shed some unexpected tears the day he was abruptly traded to Atlanta in the middle of 2000 is happy to be back, even if it's with a minor-league deal and even with manager Mike Hargrove calling Surhoff "no spring chicken." "I don't think anyone expects me to be 22 years old," Surhoff said. Then again, maybe some people do expect him to be 22 - or at least not on the verge of 39 with an arthroscopically repaired knee.
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By Ken Rosenthal | May 11, 1996
MILWAUKEE -- B. J. Surhoff was booed upon his return to Milwaukee last night, and the vast majority of the fans at County Stadium didn't even know why he left.Surhoff's wife, Polly, said that "probably 75 percent" of his decision was based on his desire to secure better care for their son, Mason, 4, who has a form of autism."If you've ever experienced the bond between Mason and B. J., it's like . . ." Polly said, her voice trailing off. "Sunday night, when B. J. leaves, it will be devastating for him."
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By Ken Rosenthal | July 8, 1999
He thanked Orioles fans, the team's public-relations and production staffs, the coaching staff, the trainers."If I missed anybody, I didn't mean to," B. J. Surhoff said. "I wanted to thank those people specifically for helping me get to this point."Surhoff, 34, has had plenty of time to prepare his classy acceptance speech: It took him 13 seasons, 1,636 games and 5,872 at-bats to become an All-Star.So many people were happy for him yesterday. Here are the reflections of four men who knew him way back when:The scout: Milwaukee scouting director Ken Califano was the area scout assigned to Surhoff when the Brewers selected the North Carolina catcher with the No. 1 pick of the 1985 draft -- ahead of Will Clark (No. 2)
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2010
In eight years with the Orioles, did B.J. Surhoff ever crack a smile? Surely, he had cause. It was here, in mid-career, that Surhoff: (1) found his home-run swing, (2) finally landed an All-Star berth and (3) twice helped the Orioles to the playoffs (1996-97), where they haven't been since. Through it all, Surhoff's grim visage never changed. Hit a homer, jump for joy? Not him. "I remember that one reporter said my expression was 'dour,' " he said. "I had to look that one up."
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By Mike Klingaman | mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | March 31, 2010
His father was an Orioles standout; his mother, a world-class swimmer. With that pedigree, was it any surprise that Austin Surhoff led Texas to the NCAA Division I men's swimming and diving team championship in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend? Surhoff, 19, a freshman from St. Paul's, was Texas' only individual winner, taking the 200-yard individual medley by a scant .004 of a second. His victory early in the meet buoyed the Longhorns' hopes and powered them to their 10th NCAA title. With his parents, B.J. Surhoff and the former Polly Winde, in the stands, Surhoff touched the wall a whisker in front.
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By Sports Digest | March 2, 2010
Former Orioles outfielder B.J. Surhoff was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Surhoff, a catcher at the University of North Carolina from 1983 to 1985, is the only Tar Heel to earn first-team All-America honors in back-to-back seasons. He'll be inducted along with nine others in July in Lubbock, Texas. Blast: Forward Machel Millwood was named Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week after recording a hat trick worth eight points in a 23-14 victory over the Philadelphia KiXX on Sunday.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | April 5, 2008
Columbus, Ohio -- B.J. Surhoff has not changed that much since his days as an Orioles outfielder and first baseman. He is still stoic and quiet, careful with his words and wary of attention. He still has the thick and tanned forearms of a furniture mover and the strong and confident chin of a leading man, even though he always seemed more comfortable in a supporting role during his baseball career. But instead of spending his afternoons honing his smooth left-handed stroke at Camden Yards, Surhoff, now 43, can often be found poolside in places like this, the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State, sitting alone up in the bleachers.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | February 21, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- While another group of pitchers throws batting practice today, Orioles left-hander Troy Patton will work on the side, resuming a scaled-down program designed to protect his ailing shoulder. Patton, who made three appearances in September before the Houston Astros shut him down with left biceps tendinitis, is bothered by tightness in the shoulder and said he could have a tear in the labrum. "I didn't get injected with the [dye], so they said they don't know exactly," Patton said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | August 26, 2007
It wasn't long after Dave Trembley learned that he'd be the Orioles manager next season that he envisioned who would serve as his bullpen coach. Trembley found out his fate in an Aug. 18 dinner meeting with team president Andy MacPhail in Toronto. He quickly put in the request to have Alan Dunn join his staff, a hire that became official yesterday. Dunn spent 15 seasons in the Chicago Cubs' organization, including two as Trembley's pitching coach at Double-A West Tennessee in 1998 and 1999.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 11, 1997
BOSTON -- He's batting .348 -- sixth in the American League -- but he's not going to make the All-Star team.He's batting .435 with runners in scoring position -- best in the league -- and he barely stands a chance.The B. J. Surhoffs of the world never get elected, never get selected. Even when they're helping their teams win, they hardly get noticed at all.Heck, after two rounds of fan balloting, Surhoff ranked 14th among AL outfielders -- behind even Darryl Strawberry, who is 0-for-14 on the season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | August 25, 2007
B.J. Surhoff was always a favorite among fans during his eight seasons with the Orioles. And he knew the primary reason. "One is playing well," he said. "You can be as popular as you want, but if you don't produce in this day and age, you're not going to be as popular with them as you'd like." Surhoff was good enough to be inducted into the Orioles' Hall of Fame, which will happen before tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins. His tenure with the club was divided into two tours, and he was an outfielder on the last two playoff teams in 1996 and 1997 - his first two seasons in Baltimore.
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