We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

7. Sam Horn’s Baltimore Orioles debut (April 9, 1990)

Of all of the entries in the “single game” category, nothing got more listener response than Horn’s remarkable 4-5, two home run, six RBI performance in his first Orioles game-the first of his three run bombs coming off of KC ace Bret Saberhagen. The Birds would defeat the Royals 7-6 in 11 innings that day in Kansas City; Horn’s big game more emotional because it came just weeks after his mother suffered a stroke. Horn told the Baltimore Sun years later he believed his big game may have played a role in helping his mother recover.

Try as I might, no photos available from that game. Here’s a look at the Orioles’ box score courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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