The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball franchise steeped in tradition and have been an integral part of Baltimore, the State of Maryland and the entire Mid-Atlantic region since 1954. The Orioles are celebrating their 60th Anniversary during the 2014 season.
The club's much-heralded ballpark, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, continues to serve as a destination for baseball fans from across the region and around the world. Oriole Park celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2012 and holds the distinction of being "The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball." Oriole Park welcomed its 50 millionth fan in just 17 seasons, becoming the fastest ballpark ever to reach this milestone. Hailed as the standard-bearer for the new wave of "retro" ballparks that followed, Oriole Park blends the best aesthetics of baseball's historic ballparks with the newest technologies of today, creating a state-of-the-art facility in a downtown setting that provides significant economic benefit to the city and state and consistently ranks among the top ballparks in America.
Off the field, the Orioles recognize the value of support from the community and believe it is important to give back by being actively involved in local programs and initiatives. Through OriolesREACH, the Orioles have established numerous community support initiatives while also partnering with existing charities and organizations. The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and Baltimore Orioles, Inc. have donated more than $12 million in cash donations, and tens of millions more in in-kind contributions, to hundreds of worthy causes since the ownership group headed by Peter Angelos purchased the team in 1993.
On the field, Orioles All-Stars Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Chris Tillman have helped propel the Orioles to back-to-back winning seasons, including a postseason appearance in 2012. Six men - Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Earl Weaver - represent the Orioles in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Thanks to the contributions of these legendary players, the team has won three World Series championships: 1966, 1970 and 1983. The club has made 11 postseason appearances overall.
Under the current leadership of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter, the Orioles are in position to continue the on-field standard of excellence by which the franchise has traditionally been known.