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The Glory of the 1966 Baltimore Orioles


One of the beautiful things about baseball is it allows you to become a time traveler.  You can pick any point in time over the last 150 years or so, and you will find a baseball book that will transport you there.  World Series champions have always been a popular place for time travelers.  You can pick your favorite team and move yourself back to a time when you were 7 years old, or even go to a point when you were not even alive.  These books give you a chance to witness history, or possibly relive your youth.  Baltimore Orioles now have a great point in time to travel to with today’s book.

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By:Mark Millikin-St Johann Press 2006

Author Mark Millikin has fired up the time machine to transport the readers to the glorious year of 1966.  That year, Baltimore came out on top of the world.  The freshly reloaded Baltimore Orioles and their new star player Frank Robinson, were taking the town by storm.  That addition of Robinson alone pushed the Orioles to the forefront of the American League.  The very player that the Cincinnati Reds thought was past his prime and on the decline, gave the Orioles that extra spark they need to reach the top of baseball.

This book takes a very thorough look at the 1966 Orioles.  Through interviews with former players, sportswriters and fans it shows how popular that team was in the city of Baltimore.  The team that had a few future Hall of Famers on the roster, produced out on the field at a level that made the fans of Baltimore proud.  Playing at a torrid pace all season long, they propelled themselves to the top of the standings and never really looked back.

Teams like this always hold a special place in the hearts of their fans.  For whatever reasons each fan has, they are the team they always remember.  It was Baltimore’s first major success with the Orioles since they arrived in 1954, and made the fans dedication to their team stronger and of course, worth it in the end.  Frank Robinson really was that final piece the Orioles needed to reach immortality.  While the Orioles reached the World Series in a few of the years beyond 1966, fans never will forget their first true love……the Orioles of 1966 that swept the Dodgers.

Orioles fans will love this book.  The details are amazing and the stories are entertaining.  Fans of all teams should enjoy it as well, because if you didn’t live through it first hand it becomes a great history lesson for those that missed it.

You can get this book from the nice folks at St Johann Press

ww.stjohannpress.com

Happy Reading

Gregg