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March 25, 2014 | Luke Jones

9. Wild Bill Hagy

Many players have been forgotten in the 60-year history of the Orioles, but few individuals gained as much notoriety as Hagy, who famously led chants from Section 34 in the upper deck of Memorial Stadium in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The cab driver from Dundalk was a Baltimore institution, even if he was occasionally guilty of being too intoxicated to spell “Orioles” correctly when he’d brought a few too many cold ones to the ballpark on a given night. He became a symbol of “Orioles Magic” that lives on to this day after he initially gained inspiration from legendary Colts fan Leonard “Big Wheel” Burrier.

Despite a falling-out over a new policy that barred him from bringing his own beer to games in 1985, Hagy and the Orioles eventually patched things up and his last known cheer came at Cal Ripken’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., just weeks before his death in 2007. The following year, Hagy was memorialized with a giveaway t-shirt and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame.


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