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  • Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, opening day, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, April 9, 2010. Photo by Joseph P. Wantz.


    [photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland] MAJOR LEAGUES
    On April 10, 2015, the
    Baltimore Orioles began their 23rd season in Oriole Park, their 61st season in Baltimore.

    The Baltimore Orioles have won three World Series: in 1966, 1970, and 1983. They won the American League Pennant seven times: in 1944, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, and 1983.

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Gate C entrance, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Eutaw St., Baltimore, Maryland] The Baltimore Orioles baseball team is part of the American League (East Division). The team plays in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, one of the nation's first retro-styled stadiums built to recall early baseball parks.

    Gate C entrance, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Eutaw St., Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    [photo, Three generations of Orioles fans, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland] Located in downtown Baltimore, the Stadium opened on April 6, 1992. It seats 45,971 people. Adjoining buildings hold the Orioles' offices, shops, and restaurants, as well as the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.


    Three generations of Orioles fans, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    MINOR LEAGUES
    The Aberdeen IronBirds affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 after relocating to Maryland from Utica, New York. Part of the New York-Penn League of Class A baseball, the team plays at Ripken Stadium, which opened June 18, 2002, in Aberdeen. In 2013, the IronBirds won the McNamara Division Championship within the New York-Penn League. The Ironbirds begin their 13th season home game on June 19, 2015.

    The Bowie Baysox minor league baseball team is the Baltimore Orioles Class AA minor league affiliate. It belongs to the Eastern League of AA baseball. The team plays in Bowie at Prince George's Stadium, which opened in 1994. Home opening day for the Baysox was April 16, 2015.

    The Delmarva Shorebirds debuted in the South Atlantic League of Class A minor league baseball in 1996. A Baltimore Orioles affiliate, the team plays at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In 2000, the Shorebirds won the South Atlantic League Championships. The Shorebirds played their home opening game on April 9, 2015.

    The Frederick Keys team was established in 1989. It is the Carolina League Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and plays in Frederick at Harry Grove Stadium, which opened in 1990. The Keys held their first home game of the 27th season on April 9, 2015.

    The Hagerstown Suns have been part of the South Atlantic League since 1993. They play in Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium, built in 1931. The Suns became a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in 2001, with affiliation changing to the Washington Nationals in 2007. The Suns started their season with their first home game on April 16, 2015.

    The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs began playing on May 2, 2008, at the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. The team is part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Blue Crabs played their first home game of their 8th season on April 24, 2015.


    LITTLE LEAGUES
    The
    Cal Ripken World Series involves champion Little League teams from across the nation and the world. First played in Illinois, the World Series relocated to the Ripken Baseball Complex at Aberdeen, Maryland, in 2003.

    Each year 12-year old baseball players in ten teams from across the United States and six top teams from around the world compete in the World Series to crown a single world champion. In the 2014 World Series, eighteen teams competed, including teams from Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and New Zealand. Maryland also was represented.

    Held from August 8 to 16, the 2014 Series was televised on the Major League Baseball (MLB) Network. The Championship game was won by Team Southeast from West Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 16. The next Cal Ripken World Series will be held July 24 to August 1, 2015.

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