Thursday, October 10, 2013

60 Years Ago the Browns Became the Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles, much like many teams around the league, have worn a patch on both sleeves of their jersey for the past few years commemorating something, and 2014 will be no different.

For the fourth consecutive season, Baltimore will wear a patch on their right sleeve in 2014 and this one is quite important and historic. The patch the Orioles will wear next season will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore.

The Orioles, who were known as the St. Louis Browns, moved to Baltimore from St. Louis and played their first season in 1954. Since then, the franchise has won six American League pennants and three World Series Championships, the latest coming in 1983.
The 60th anniversary patch has yet to be leaked, but it's expected to be a unique one.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Another Brownie First: Player Assigned to Room with His Manager

According to an interview with the late Jim Toomey (d. 2002), in 1946 manager Luke Sewell wanted to keep an eye on Vern Stephens, who had a playboy reputation, so they became roommates on the road.

Toomey says this is the only time that that happened in baseball history.

Donald Barnes: "Keep an eye on Vern, Skip, and we'll win this thing."  Luke Sewell: "Will do, Boss. I got an idea....."
Vern Stephens, playboy