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My first pro game was a double header in 1975 with my Dad (no older brother, no Mom). Do you remember that first time you walk up through the tunnel to your seat and that vast stretch of green hits your eye? Fantastic moment. Reggie played both games and Brooks laid down a bunt hit in the second game. I think this was the game where the Bee hit a foul into the stands at BP right next to us, but I didn't know I could just go run and get it. It was there for 10 seconds before someone else came and got it. We had a drunk guy sitting behind us who wouldn't stop talking to us.

There for the Tippy 3 pickoff game.

Bob Milacki rolled a ball across the dugout to me in '89.

Plenty of games where I would go by myself and sit in the bleachers for something like 5 bucks and eat the best food in the world.

Cool. Tippy was interviewed about this game, after his career was over and he said the ball park was pretty empty that game.

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My 10th Birthday in May of 1984. Storm Davis on the hill, everyone chanting STORM STORM STORM STORM!! The game ended in the bottom of the 9th, Cal Jr on 3rd and Eddie on 1st, Fred Lynn stepped up and hit a walk off HR.

Hi-Fives everywhere, people in the neighborhood were out on their stoops cheering, that night made me an O's fan for life, I hope we get that feeling back again.

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I was born in 1985, and they stopped playing baseball at Memorial Stadium in 1991, so whatever memories I have of the place are either buried deep in my mind, I can't remember them because I was too young, or, I didn't sit still long enough to appreciate them because, as my parents will say, they could sit me down at a ball game by giving me a bag of peanuts. Not that I would have missed much, considering that 85-91 period was a very dark one in terms of winning baseball. I do, however, have other kinds of memories of Memorial Stadium. That image of us driving south down Loch Raven Blvd. and getting closer, and seeing the stadium get bigger and bigger the further we went. I remember how walking up the ramps to the upper deck felt like climbing Mt. Everest, this sparkly stuff in the concrete of those ramps and the strong smell of the stadium, and then once we got to our seats in the upper deck, how the seats felt so steep and I was always terrified I was going to fall off. And of course, that wonderful memorial. Memorial Stadium was not an aesthetically beautiful stadium, but the memorial is what made it. What they have done outside of Camden Yards is nice, but it will never compare to the entire thing.

The main on field memories I have actually came after the Orioles left. One was a CFL game in 1995, probably and unknowingly for me right before the announcement of the move, which was pretty well attended for a Canadian league and it ended up raining cats and dogs at one point, and more importantly, the last game against the then Tennessee Oilers in 1997, the last event ever at Memorial Stadium. I went with my dad and brother, and we had my grandfather's seats, because for some reason he didn't go. It was really cold that day, one of the coldest football games I've ever been to. The Ravens won, they had the special thing afterwards where the old Colts ran one last formation and Lenny Moore ran into the end zone, and at some point, probably before the game was over, people started taking the seats apart. I mean kicking, stomping, pulling seats apart, trying to rip the whole thing off the foundation. Since everyone else was doing it, we did the same thing, thinking we'd keep part of one seat for ourselves and give the other to my grandfather. As we left there was even a pile of seat pieces just sitting outside the gate that people were taking, but as soon as we got passed that we saw people being arrested. We ended up being fine, and we did give one seat piece to my grandfather, and kept one home in the attic. It was one of those crazy moments you don't forget.

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The music, for better and for worse:

America - You Can Do Magic

Chicago - Saturday in the Park

Yesterday (they alternated -- sometimes the Beatles and Stevie Wonder) while showing highlights from around the league on the "DiamondVision" scoreboard

Steeley Dan - Do it Again

I also remember them playing "The Night Before" by the Beatles when showing highlights from the previous game.

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I also remember them playing "The Night Before" by the Beatles when showing highlights from the previous game.

Right. I forgot about that one.

I remember them playing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from the Buthc Cassidy & The Sundance Kid Soundtrack during rain delays. ( probably early to mid 1970's) Further, they played Eurhymics " Here Come the Rain Again" during rain delays in the

1980's.

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Not good for the Birds, but Memorial Stadium also hosted the only no-hitter I attended in person. Rookie southpaw Wilson Alvarez's sloppy no-no for the Chisox in the summer of 1991.

Pat Santarone's tomato patches also deserve a mention. He and Earl had a quite a competition...the contracts ushers handed out to fans who caught fouls (just following Rex Barney's instructions)...I loved Rex, but still remember him botching the introduction of R.E.M. signing the national anthem by calling them Rem (rhymes with them)...

Rex's player intros like "Batting third...the right fielder...number 29...Ken...Singleton"

There was a guy named Presley always hanging around who knew all the players and seemed to get a bat or cap from someone every night during BP...

Both Dennis & Tippy Martinez never seemed to wear their caps during warmups...the way Eddie Murray always threw the ball back into the dugout (same spot on one perfect hop) between innings...

One personal highlight was attending a tryout (I think for the Reds) during my teens. Due to rain, the tarp never came off, but I still remember playing catch along the third base line.

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Not good for the Birds, but Memorial Stadium also hosted the only no-hitter I attended in person. Rookie southpaw Wilson Alvarez's sloppy no-no for the Chisox in the summer of 1991.

Pat Santarone's tomato patches also deserve a mention. He and Earl had a quite a competition...the contracts ushers handed out to fans who caught fouls (just following Rex Barney's instructions)...I loved Rex, but still remember him botching the introduction of R.E.M. signing the national anthem by calling them Rem (rhymes with them)...

Rex's player intros like "Batting third...the right fielder...number 29...Ken...Singleton"

There was a guy named Presley always hanging around who knew all the players and seemed to get a bat or cap from someone every night during BP...

Both Dennis & Tippy Martinez never seemed to wear their caps during warmups...the way Eddie Murray always threw the ball back into the dugout (same spot on one perfect hop) between innings...

One personal highlight was attending a tryout (I think for the Reds) during my teens. Due to rain, the tarp never came off, but I still remember playing catch along the third base line.

Thanks for sharing.

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Hey, maybe we are on to something! Phoebus no-hitter, Bertaina 1-hitter. Maybe if the O's have school safety patrol day every home game, our pitching would be better! :laughlol:

Actually, not all Safety Patrol Days went well. I attended the other 1964 Safety Patrol Day - May 12 - and my sister and I, along with a couple classmates, were injured in the "escalator accident". It's hard to believe that it will be 50 years. Fortunately, having grown up just a couple miles from the stadium, we went to lots of games (usually in the bleacher seats with the popcorn megaphones) and have many, many great memories.

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Actually, not all Safety Patrol Days went well. I attended the other 1964 Safety Patrol Day - May 12 - and my sister and I, along with a couple classmates, were injured in the "escalator accident". It's hard to believe that it will be 50 years. Fortunately, having grown up just a couple miles from the stadium, we went to lots of games (usually in the bleacher seats with the popcorn megaphones) and have many, many great memories.

Oh man, sorry that happened to you. I do remember that.

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I saw Brooks Robinson's last home run. Everyone says they were there (the place was almost empty that night) but I really was there.

Eating popcorn out of the cone-shaped cardboard containers that you could turn into a megaphone after the popcorn was eaten.

Taking a French girl to a baseball game and explaining the game to her while I watched Cal Ripken Jr. play against George Brett.

Getting tacos sold to me by Tippy Martinez from the stand he ran during Stallions games.

Watching the entire New England Patriots team hang their heads and collectively give up after Joe Washington ran for a touchdown late in a game while sitting on the 50-yard-line, which were blue aluminum bench seats without backs.

Listening to them play "Southern Nights" by Glen Campbell and "Moonlight Feels Right" by Starbuck through that giant mound of speakers that didn't let you hear anything.

Eddie Murray rolling a ball to me after infield practice while I stood in the stands along the first base line.

Watching a woman strip her pants off and stick her naked butt out of the window of a moving car while riding home from a soccer match in which the great Pele played.

Attending games in the 1979 playoffs and World Series, and the 1983 playoffs and World Series. I went to the only game we lost in the 1983 World Series.

Going to an Opening Day Game during which it snowed - not the 2003 one where Jay Gibbons lost the ball in the heavy snow. This was just the occasional flake, but it was snow, and it was cold.

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I saw some pretty great games. Game 2 of the ALCS and WS in 1983. The double header on the final weekend against the Brewers in 1982. I can't recall dates, but I saw Murray win a handful games in the 9th. A few observations about the stadium. The speaker stack in center field had strange wind-altered acoustics, when heard from the seating bowl. Made it seem very far away. The wooden bleachers behind left field (where we sat in the '83 offseason) were in ridiculously bad shape. I remember a lady jumping on the hood of our car and directing us to a side street for a parking space (clearly she asked for a finder fee). We were thrilled that we weren't getting robbed. I remember feeling spoiled rotten when we got the big jumbotron in RF...could have never imagined Camden Yards someday. I remember a localized commotion from upstairs (we had season tickets on 1B side lower level) when Wild Bill would start rallying his section for the chant. I also remember the upper deck being disturbingly steep to walk down.

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. I remember a localized commotion from upstairs (we had season tickets on 1B side lower level) when Wild Bill would start rallying his section for the chant. I also remember the upper deck being disturbingly steep to walk down.

Especially if you had been hanging out with WB and the Gang. Disturbingly steep.

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First game was the 7th game of the world series against the Pirates in 1971. Ouch.

Bert Jones and the Colts had some great teams. You could walk up and buy playoff tickets against Stabler's Raiders or the great Pittsburgh teams. Never got over the hump but those games were truly fun to watch.

1979 begun Orioles magic. It was a special time in the O's history because the genesis of Orioles magic was desperation over the prospect of losing the team to Washington. The community came out and just may have saved the team. Many have remarked how 25,000 at Memorial Stadium made more noise then 45,000 at Camden Yards and that is true. Those 25,000 were at Memorial stadium on a crusade. We didn't want to O's to leave and fueled by cheap 32 oz beers, we partied and cheered hard.

The early eighties were full of drunken road trips from the University of Delaware to the stadium, most memorable was a trip to the Milwaukee game on Saturday where we won our third in a row to tie them for the division, only to lose to them on Sunday.

As I transitioned from partying teenager into fatherhood, I remember walking to the car, holding the hand of my first son when he was five. The chief goal of those games was to keep him away from the souvenir stand as long as possible because he would lose interest in the game after he got his souvenir:)

When the Ravens came to Baltimore, I bought season tickets and enjoyed going to the stadium. I probably annoyed my sons to no end with stories of the way things used to be and the various games and various characters that I had watched and interacted with.

Ravens last game, I risked a night in jail, stealing a seat. I felt I earned it. That is debatable but the seat now belongs to my oldest boy and I have never regretted taking it.

What do you say about a place you first went to at 10 years old with your father and left many years later with your ten year old son? Memorial stadium wasn't just a stadium. It was a symbol of community pride. It was a gathering place for those of us proud of our community, proud of our teams. Add to that, it was a hell of a lot of fun.

I went to the second game of the Yankees playoff series and was very gratified to finally see Camden Yards approach Memorial Stadium as an awesome place to watch a game. It's a beautiful stadium and we are lucky to have it. Time marches on and while I will always celebrate and fondly remember Memorial Stadium, I'm looking forward to taking my grand kids to Camden Yards.

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Fog game in '89 vs the Yankees, my Birthday. Also remember a game, the team awarded Cal a MiniVan after being the All Star MVP in '90, and he hit a HR that game too. Also remember that game some creepy guy grabbed me and forced me to stop while his friend shot a rubber band at me. They were both bearded and in their 20's if not older. Also seen Chris Hoiles first ever HR, a 3 run shot in the 10th inning that won the game.

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