THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: EARL WEAVER, HANK BAUER, JOE ALTOBELLI - HFSID 272473
Sale Price $450.00
BALTIMORE ORIOLES SKIPPERS: HANK BAUER, JOE ALTOBELLI and EARL WEAVER. Composite Photograph signed: "Hank Bauer/1966/W.S. Champs", "Joe Altobelli/1983/W. S. Champs" and "Earl Weaver/1970/W. S. Champs". Color, 20x16. The three managers are featured above an image of the front entrance of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The hapless St. Louis Browns, perpetual cellar dwellers of the American League, moved to Baltimore in 1954 and soon found the success which had largely eluded them in their former home. Former Yankee outfielder HENRY ALBERT "HANK" BAUER (1922-2007)managed the Orioles from 1964 to mid-1968, leading the team to its first World Series victory (in either city) in 1966, over the Cincinnati Reds. Bauer, who managed the Athletics in Kansas City and Oakland before and after his years with the O's, departed Baltimore with a 402-318 record there, a .558 winning percentage. The feisty EARL WEAVER, famed for his scraps with umpires, took over for Bauer and managed the team for 17 seasons (1968-1982, 1985-1986), returning to the club after a brief retirement. Weaver's Orioles of 1969-1971 are considered one of the greatest teams in baseball history, and although the birds won only one World Series for Weaver (1970 against the Pittsburgh Pirates), they went to the postseason six times, and won 2.541 regular season games for him, a .583 winning percentage. JOE ALTOBELLI, who had previously managed the San Francisco Giants, led the Orioles in between Weaver's reigns. Altobelli notched a winning percentage of .566, and his '83 Orioles whipped the Philadelphia Philies in 5 games. The Orioles left Memorial Stadium, also home to the NFL Colts and Ravens, after the 1991 season, moving to the lavish new Camden Yards park. The stadium was demolished in 2001; concrete from it has been used to build an oyster reef in Chesapeake Bay, about five miles from Baltimore. Fine condition.
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