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

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

1. Frank Robinson’s first season with Baltimore Orioles (1966)

I’m not sure how much needs to be said about Robinson’s 1966 season. Robinson was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in one of the more lopsided deals in baseball history. He would make an immediate impact, winning the Triple Crown in one of the most significant single seasons in the history of Baltimore sports (perhaps that would make a fun future topic). Robinson hit .316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI. Robinson came up biggest in the team’s most important moments, hitting two home runs off Don Drysdale in the 1966 World Series to lead the Orioles to their first ever championship.

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments below. We’ll announce next week’s topic Sunday night here at WNST.net.

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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