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

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

14. Roberto Alomar’s first season with the Baltimore Orioles (1996)

Perhaps marred by the famous spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck late in the season, but Alomar’s season was already one of the more remarkable in Orioles history. Alomar was flirting with a .400 batting average well into June, providing big hits and spectacular defense for a team competing to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1983. Even after the incident, Alomar came away with the biggest hit of the season for the Birds, a 12th inning solo home run to beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 and clinch a trip to the ALDS.

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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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