Sixty years ago, the Orioles first stepped out on a Baltimore baseball diamond. In 1966, 12 years after moving to the city and joining the majors, the O’s won their first World Series. The team delivered two more championships in 1970 and 1983, and the die-hard devotion that era inspired still resonates with fans. At Camden Yards, see larger-than-life bronze statues of six greats, including manager Earl Weaver, plus a stellar view of the Baltimore skyline. From the cheers to the crabcakes, a home game with the Orioles is everything a day at the ballpark should be.
Since its debut in 1992, Camden Yards has been hailed as one of America’s most beautiful baseball stadiums. Today it’s a cutting-edge homage to team history. The stadium became the first to use a two-tiered layout, and these days fans even watch the game from a lounge directly above the batter’s eye.
An Orioles game is a sports history buff’s field day. Even casual followers remember just how many legends played for the O’s: Cal Ripken Jr., Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. Baltimore’s native son George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. began his 22-season career with the team.
When it’s time to sing The Star-Spangled Banner, join the crowd as it shouts the opening “OH!” Or belt the anthem all the louder, proud that Francis Scott Key penned it just a fastball away in the Harbor.
Former first baseman Boog Powell is still a key player during O’s home games. Head to Boog’s BBQ (in the stadium food court) to meet the man himself as he dishes out beans and slaw. Don’t wait till the seventh-inning stretch to make your move; people line up for the food almost as much as they do to chat with Boog.