”Baby Birds” were all the rage in Baltimore as baseball’s popularity surged throughout the 20th century. The International League’s Orioles won seven successive titles and produced legends such as Babe Ruth and Lefty Grove. The Major League Orioles, meanwhile, hit the scene in 1954 as transplants from St. Louis and, one decade later, were baseball’s most dominant franchise. Urging Charm City locals to come check out their Orioles, these (4) season ticket brochures are incredibly well-kept survivors from a storied baseball tradition. Includes:
1951 International League Orioles: a tri-fold brochure with a black-and-white photo of team president Jack Dunn III (the grandson of the diamond magnate who discovered Babe Ruth and groomed him for the big leagues). The interior features a roster listing, schedule and ticket prices. Presents (NM).
1954 Baltimore Orioles: a tri-fold keepsake hawking season tickets for the club’s first year in Baltimore (schedule on reverse). Presents (NM)
1959 Baltimore Orioles: a quad-fold pamphlet with season ticket pricing and team schedule, along with a photo of a celebratory Hoyt Wilhelm and Gus Triandos after their 1958 no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. Presents (NM).
1960 Baltimore Orioles: a four-page brochure with a photo of the Memorial Stadium dedication façade, as well as cameo likenesses of Paul Richards, Brooks Robinson, Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling. Interior pages included a dedication by Ernie Harwell, a printed synopsis of Baltimore’s baseball history, a listing of new acquisitions, a schedule and season ticket prices. Presents (EX-MT).