What do Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame pitcher, and Ernie Harwell, one of
baseball’s most beloved announcers, both of whom died this week, have in
common?

Obviously, the fact that they both were affiliated with the Baltimore
Orioles in the team’s early years. Well, obviously to an Orioles fan who, in
early May, is already worrying that his favorite team could be
mathematically eliminated from the pennant race by Memorial Day.

Yes, the O’s are off to another pitiful start, so it is only natural to
focus not on the season at hand, following the happy-go-nowhere boys from
Baltimore, but rather to look back with nostalgia on the glory days of the
team, and of its birth years, the early `50s. That’s when the friendly voice
of Ernie Harwell spoke to a young boy just learning the game, making it all
so enjoyable. Harwell left in 1960 for Detroit, and was an icon there ever
since.

Robin Roberts, of course, is known for his remarkable years on the Phillies,
but he, too, spent time on the Orioles, toward the end of his career.

One of these seasons my team will be back in contention. In the meantime, as
I assure friends and family, they’re just having a bad century.

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