William James “B.J.” Surhoff is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and is #9 on the list of local athletes who never won a championship but deserved to win one. Surhoff’s contribution in the community has equaled or surpassed his play on the field, where he was a model of consistency over eight seasons in Baltimore spanning two different stints in orange and black. When the Birds made the A.L. playoffs, in ’96 and ’97, Surhoff was a significant offensive contributor with 39 HR’s and 170 RBI combined in those two campaigns. Surhoff had 207 hits in 1999 (2nd most in the A.L.) and was the team’s MVP. He was elected to the club’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Off the field, B.J. and his wife Polly were always among the most involved husband-wife tandems with the Orioles, availing themselves of numerous club-related charity and civic events. He currently serves as the President of Pathfinders for Autism, a Hunt Valley based group that provides guidance to families with autistic children.
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