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

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

13. Stan Stamenkovic’s first season with the Baltimore Blast (1983-1984)

This would not have made the list had it not been for a listener recommendation. Stamenkovic came to Baltimore from Memphis before the 1983 season and his first season could not have been better. The late Yugoslavian star dazzled in his first season, leading the MISL in scoring and claiming league MVP honors and helping lead the Blast to their only title in their first run in the MISL.

I wanted to include this video…Stamenkovic was not playing in Baltimore at the time of the 1983 All-Star Game, but this is so awesome that I don’t think it matters.

Those feet. That hair.

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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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