Enjoyed a short weekend in Baltimore thanks to our friends Bill and Ann Tidball. Baltimore is a great sports city, especially the Orioles. Baltimore has long had a baseball club named the Orioles, but it is not the same one that sports the name today. In fact, in the 1890s, a club named the Baltimore Orioles was a National League team. Then it became a AAA team during the early part of the 20th century. It was this team that Baltimore’s own Babe Ruth pitched for before being sold to the rival Boston Red Sox. The beginning of the current Baltimore Orioles actually began in 1954 with the move of the then St. Louis Browns to Baltimore. While it took awhile for the Orioles to begin winning on a regular basis, they eventually replaced the Yankees as the leaders of the pack in the American League winning six American League titles and three World Series between 1966 and 1983 with such players as Frank Robinson, Cal Ripkin, Jr., Boog Powell, and a bevy of pitchers who won Cy Young awards during that time including Mike Cuellar, Jim Palmer, Steve Stone, and Mike Flanagan. Those were the years of big success for the franchise. After playing in Memorial Stadium for many years, in 1992 the O’s began their season in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is celebrating 25 years this year. The park is one of the most iconic and recognized ball parks in the U.S., right up there with Wrigley Field and Fenway in Boston. It was at Camden Yards that Cal Ripkin, Jr. broke the consecutive game streak of Lou Gehrig. Ripkin finally missed a game after 2,632 games, a span of over 16 years, a feat that most likely will never be broken. Here are some pictures of the stadium and our friends.
Baltimore as most are aware is home of the Inner Harbor, one of the most successful downtown redevelopment efforts in history. The success of the Inner Harbor spurred redevelopment in other downtown areas across the world. Today the Inner Harbor is a major tourist attraction with an Aquarium, the USS Constitution (only Civil War vessel still afloat-pictured with some more recent vessels), multitude of restaurants and shops, USS Torsk (the last ship to sink an enemy vessel in WWII), an iconic Barnes & Noble Bookstore (pictured here from inside), and a tribute to those from Baltimore who died in the 9/11 attack (Pictured here next to the Baltimore World Trade Center).
If you’re visiting Baltimore, you must make a stop at Miss Shirley’s Café. Mis Shirley serves up award winning breakfast, lunch, and Brunch. If you can believe it, Brenda ordered a Southern Slammer Sandwich (AND ATE THE WHOLE THING!!). Here is the description – “Fried Green Tomato, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Avocado Mash, Cheddar Cheese & Fried Egg on Pumpernickel.” She did spare a bite for me, poor thing.
On this trip we didn’t dine out (other than hotdogs, crab cakes, popcorn, beer, “peanuts and Cracker Jacks” at the game). However, if you decide to visit Baltimore you will have a great choice of dining options. But the one that stands out presently is Charleston by Cindy Wolf. Ms. Wolf has been nominated for the James Beard outstanding chef award and the restaurant is listed as one of the best by Forbes, AAA, and Wine Enthusiast. This is definitely on my short list of places to visit in the future.
Of course, a trip to Maryland would not be complete without crabs. So, here to whet your appetite is the legendary Phillips with their new crab deck in the Inner Harbor.