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The Orioles Encyclopedia

Hardback
, 896 pages

26 color illus., 425 b&w photos

ISBN:
9780801891144
May 2009
$56.00

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The Orioles Encyclopedia

A Half Century of History and Highlights

The history of the Baltimore Orioles is filled with amazing achievements, inspiring efforts, hilarious antics, and some bitter disappointments. The Orioles Encyclopedia traces the history, triumphs, and follies of the team from 1954 to the present.

Think you know everything about the Orioles? Test your knowledge with this exhaustive guide. The Encyclopedia includes nearly 400 player profiles from Bobo to Zupo, the results of every game since 1954, and short features on managers and coaches. Browse through the seasons chronologically or by the players alphabetically. This comprehensive information is brought to life with more than 350 rarely seen photographs—including 26 color plates—from the Baseball Hall of Fame and the old Baltimore News-American, along with classic photos from the pages of Sport magazine and Sports Illustrated.

The Orioles Encyclopedia recounts the colorful history of this storied and beleaguered program. Perhaps some of the tales and memories found in these pages will inspire a conversation between a father and son, grandfather and granddaughter, boyfriend and girlfriend, old fan and new. With a foreword by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, The Orioles Encyclopedia is the ultimate companion for any baseball fan who wears orange and black.

Mike Gesker is a local baseball fan and Emmy award winner who produced, directed, and wrote Baseball, the Birds on 33rd for Maryland Public Television. He is a writer-editor for Catholic Relief Services and freelance writer whose work has been published in the Baltimore Sun, Sport magazine, and the Army Times.

"The 896-page 'Orioles Encyclopedia' will remind any longtime fan of their own personal memories."

"Not just a reference book, this tome is essential reading for Oriole fans. Consider it the bible of Birdland... It's a far-reaching and fascinating document of a legendary baseball franchise, and, for that, Gesker deserves a heartfelt 'Thank you-u-u-u.'"

" The Orioles Encyclopedia celebrates more than 50 years of Baltimore Oriole baseball from Scrap Iron to the Iron Man. It will inspire marvelous memories filled with celebration and heartbreak, fun-filled visions of pennant races, outstanding pitching, sublime defense, and a colorful blend of characters and charisma."

" The Orioles Encyclopedia has much more to offer than facts and statistics. It's the story of a beloved franchise composed of heroes and stories from our past and its unbroken connection with a town, regardless of wins or losses. For any Oriole fan, The Orioles Encyclopedia is a must read."

"Mike Gesker, the Baltimore baseball fan and Emmy award winner who wrote this book and will never recoup anywhere near what he put into it. But as he and so many thousands of authors for whom their masterwork is a labor of love know, that's not the point, is it?"

"This encyclopedia was painstakingly assembled and clearly represents a labor of love. The wealth of history and anecdotes is very impressive and makes for enjoyable reading... The Orioles Encyclopedia should be an essential purchase in the Baltimore region and would be a welcome in any baseball collection."

" The Orioles Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and thorough book about the Orioles ever written. As a 50 year fan of the orioles... this book is by far the best reference source I have ever seen or read. Mike Gesker made a near superhuman effort in collecting and researching the data as well as the amazingly thorough job of gathering some rare, behind the scene photographs of the Orioles over the last several decades. I heartily endorse this book as a must have for any Oriole fan, and really, for any baseball historian."

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