One of the original eight teams to make up the American League, the Baltimore Orioles didn't begin life in the city they currently call home. Rather, the team dates back to the 1890s and was originally known as the Milwaukee Brewers. The franchise moved to St. Louis, where the team was known as the Browns between 1902 and 1953, before finally settling in Baltimore.
The Orioles play the home games on their schedule at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is typically known as Camden Yards. Built in 1992 and recognized as the first MLB park to incorporate the retro feel that's common among new facilities, the ballpark is often regarded by fans as one of the best in baseball. Its official capacity numbers 48,187 and is known for such features as the old B&O Warehouse beyond the outfield fence, statue of a young Babe Ruth, who grew up in the neighborhood, and the bustling Eutaw Street. Camden Yards replaced Memorial Stadium, which the Orioles called home between 1954 and 1991.
World Series Championships
The Orioles have won three World Series championships since moving to Charm City. The team's titles came in 1966, 1970 and 1983. Additionally, the franchise has won seven American League Pennants, including six since relocating to Baltimore, as well as eight division titles. After a long postseason drought that lasted from 1997 to 2012, the Orioles finally returned to the playoffs after earning an American League Wild Card berth in 2012.
Baltimore Orioles Roster
Former players Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, as well as manager Earl Weaver, are among the members of the Orioles roster to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Each of these names is recognized with statues around the pavilion at the mouth of Eutaw Street. In recent years, Orioles stars have included Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Chris Davis.
The Orioles Spring Training facility is Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL. The 8,500-capacity ballpark opened in 1989 but underwent a $31 million renovation in 2011. It replaced Payne Park, which many MLB teams used as a Spring Training facility dating back to the 1920s. Ed Smith Stadium's features include seats from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and an enormous team shop. The Orioles Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox, Advanced-A Frederick Keys, Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds, Short-Season A Aberdeen IronBirds and rookie league Gulf Coast League Orioles and Dominican Summer League Orioles.