Sunday, January 1, 2012
no. 1 - world champions
Who is the man: The Baltimore Orioles were the defending World Series champions entering the 1971 season. They defeated the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the 1970 World Series.
Can ya dig it: Three pitchers on the 1970 Orioles won at least 20 games, Mike Cuellar (24), Dave McNally (24) and Jim Palmer (20).
Right on: Among the players I can spot in this team photo are Mark Belanger (top row, 2nd from left), Jim Palmer (top row, 3rd from left), Frank Robinson (top row, 4th from left), Boog Powell (top row, second from right), Paul Blair (top row, far right), Andy Etchebarren (middle row, far left), Merv Rettenmund (middle row, 6th from left), Don Buford (bottom row, far left) and a young-looking Davey Johnson (bottom row, far right).
You see this cat Weaver is a bad mother: Orioles manager Earl Weaver is dead-center on the bottom row.
Shut your mouth: I cannot find Brooks Robinson in this photo. He's No. 5. He was kind of a big deal in 1970-71.
No one understands him but his woman: The man in the jacket with the gray hair is longtime Orioles trainer, the late Ralph Salvon. Salvon seemed to show up on every televised Orioles game that I saw as a kid in the '70s and '80s. Therefore, he was one of the few trainers that I was aware of back then.
(A word about the back): It doesn't seem right to lump records by George Sisler in with the Orioles.