Orioles Opening Day is just days away, and marks the 25th anniversary at Camden Yards.
To make this milestone, WJZ is counting down the 25 most memorable moments at Orioles Park at Camden Yards.
We will reveal the top moment on Opening Day, Monday, April 3. Watch WJZ’s live Opening Day coverage beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the game between the Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays.
#8 — All-Star Controversy
On July 13, 1993, the All-Stars came out to play at Camden Yards, but one didn’t get to played.
Boos rained down on American League manager Cito Gaston as Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina warmed up in the bullpen in the 9th inning but never got in the game.
The Blue Jays skipper chose to keep his own pitcher Duane Ward in for the final out in the American League’s 9-3 win. The fans and Mussina were frustrated, and Gaston became a villain in Baltimore and his decision fueled the Orioles-Blue Jays rivalry.
#9 — Biggest Comeback In Camden Yards History
On June 30, 2009, the last place Orioles trailed the first place Red Sox 10-1 in the 7th inning. But then some Orioles magic happened. The birds scored five times in the 7th and then five more times in the 8th. Nick Markakis gave the Orioles the lead with an extra base hit to left center. Brian Robers scored the go-ahead run. George Sherill came in to pitch the 9th, and locked down the incredible 11-10 Orioles win.
#10 — Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Opening Day 2003,The Orioles and Indians started under sunny skies as Eddie Murray threw out the first pitch. But then everything changed in the third inning as a snow squall came across Camden Yards. The snow made it nearly impossible to see especially for Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons. The fly-ball lost in the snow led to an Indians run and also a 13-minute snow delay. The skies eventually cleared and the Orioles won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning when Gary Matthews drove home the winning run to end the four-hour marathon.
#11 — The Day The Streak Ended
On September 20, 1998, Cal Ripken’s name was replaced by Ryan Minor’s in the Orioles starting lineup. The Iron Man Cal Ripken chose the Sunday night game against the Yankees to sit out and end his record consecutive games streak at 2,632. The crowd gave Cal a standing ovation in the first inning. He came out of the dugout and acknowledged them. Afterwards, he said sitting out was no fun.
#12 — Dealing Blow To Rival
On September 28, 2011, Robert Andino’s game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth helped knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs on the last day of the regular season. The Orioles beat Boston five times in September to contribute to the Red Sox’s historic collapse.
#13 — High-Scoring Thriller
This nail-biter took place on May 6, 1996. The Orioles led 7-2 after three innings, but the Mariners rallied to take a 13-10 lead in the 9th. But Chris Hoiles had the final say. His game-ending grand slam capped a 14-13 win. The victory was part of the Orioles’s 88-win season and their return to the playoffs after a 13-year absence.
#14 — Camden Yards Brawl
Probably the wildest scene in Camden Yards history was on June 6, 1993. The Mariners’ Bill Haselman charges Mike Mussina after getting hit in the seventh inning. It started a 20-minutee free-for-all which involved more than 60 players. Mariners pitcher Chris Bosio, who threw behind several Orioles earlier in the game, suffered a broken collarbone in the fracas. Four Mariners were ejected along with three Orioles. Order was eventually restored, and the Orioles went on to win the game 5-to-2.
Watch the clip from MLB here.
#15 — Outdoor Mass
This is the only non-baseball event on our list. It took place on October 8, 1995. Pope John Paul II held an outdoor Mass at Camden Yards as part of his visit to Baltimore. About 50,000 faithful were in attendance. The Pope’s altar was on the outfield grass in center field as he delivered his homily in English and Spanish.
#16 — Saying Goodbye To A Legend
On October 7, 2001, Cal Ripken Jr. took the field for the final time. President Bill Clinton was at the game. There was a special pregame ceremony, and a standing ovation for his final at-bat, followed by a “we want Cal” chant as the game ended. After 3,001 games as an Oriole, Cal’s hall of fame career came to an end.
#17 — Scary Moment After Liner
On May 15, 1998, Orioles ace Mike Mussina took a line drive off his head. Indians catcher Sandy Alomar hit the ball. It was a very scary sight, but Mussina never lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. He had a broke nose, but he would return to pitch later that season.
#18 — A Game Without Fans
On April 15, 2015, the Orioles and White Sox played a game at Camden Yards with empty stands. Two games of the series had already been cancelled because of the unrest in the city following the death of F
#19 — Worst Loss In Franchise History
On August 22, 2007, the Orioles were actually leading the Texas Rangers 3-0 before the Rangers went on to score 30, yes 30, runs. To make matters worse, it was the first game of a doubleheader. The O’s lost the second game, too, by a score of 9-7.
#20 — The Almost No-Hitter
One of the greatest pitching performances by an Oriole at Camden Yards came on May 30, 1997. Mike Mussina almost pitched a perfect game, retiring 25 straight Cleveland indians. Then Sandy Alomar got a single. Mussina retired the final two hitters, for an impressive “one-hitter” game. The Orioles won the game 3-0.
#21 — Amazing Catch
One of the greatest catches ever at Camden Yards was by a member of the visiting team, the Angels. On June 27, 2012, JJ Hardy sent a fly ball deep to center field. Mike Trout got there in time, leaping about 4 feet above the wall to rob Hardy of the home run. The birds could have used that run, too — they lost that day by a score of 13 to 1.
#22 — O’s Play Cuba National Team
A one-of-a-kind exhibition game was played at Orioles Park on May 3, 1999. It was the second of two exhibition games between the teams. The O’s also played in Cuba in March of that year. The Birds won in Cuba, but the Cubans beat them 12-6 in the OPACY game, in front of 47,000 fans.
#23 — Hollywood Moments
Our great ballpark has been seen in numerous TV shows and movies. From The West Wing, where Martin Sheen threw out the first pitch — to House of Cards, where Kevin Spacey did the honors. It’s also been featured in Veep, featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It even stood in for the Cleveland Indians stadium in Major League II.
#24 — Only No-Hitter in OPACY History
The only no-hitter in the history of Camden Yards was thrown by an opponent. Hideo Nomo of the Boston Red Sox shut down the Orioles on April 4, 2001. It was just the second game of the season. The Sox beat the Orioles 3-0 in the first and only no-hitter (so far) at OPACY.
#25 — Turn Ahead The Clock
The so-called “Turn Ahead The Clock Game” was played on July 25, 1999. The Orioles wore all black “futuristic” uniforms. Albert Belle hit three home runs, and Ripken drove home the game winner in the 11th, as the O’s beat the Indians 8-7.