The Orioles have unveiled a commemorative emblem to celebrate a quarter-century of baseball played on their home field.
The logo, released today, depicts a diamond containing the years of its inaugural and soon-to-be-current seasons and two baseballs, all of which is set on a background of brick. “The logo pays homage to both the iconic B&O Warehouse and the original Oriole Park at Camden Yards logo used by the club when the ballpark first opened,” said the franchise in a release.
The image will appear on patches stitched into all game-worn jerseys for the 2017 season, as well as baseballs used for home games here in Baltimore.
The Birds left behind Memorial Stadium, their now-demolished former stomping grounds on 33rd Street, for Camden Yards in 1992. The team played its first game in the park on April 6, 1992, against the Cleveland Indians. Since then, fans have grown to love Camden Yards, even if they don’t always pack the seats. The park has gained a reputation as one of the MLB’s most iconic and beloved fields. Some even say it’s the best stadium in the league.
More than 67 million fans have passed through the gates to the park in 25 years, the franchise said.
As part of their 25th-anniversary celebration, the Orioles are donating $25,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. The organization assists the thousands who were displaced by torrential rains in Louisiana this past August. O’s pitcher Kevin Gausman, who attended Louisiana State University, has already given $16,000 of his own funds and helped raise nearly $17,000 in addition for the cause.
If all of this doesn’t get you pumped for next year, we’re not sure what will. If you are indeed pumped, check out the team’s Spring Training schedule.
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