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08/25/2007 7:27 PM ET
Orioles to honor team's fans with 'Wild Bill' Hagy award
'Wild Bill' himself will be first recipient
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The Orioles today announced the creation of an award to honor the team's top fans, to be named after William "Wild Bill" Hagy, who passed away on Monday.

The award will expand the Orioles Hall of Fame ceremonies, which currently includes categories for both on-field and non-uniform members of the Orioles organization. Fans who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment in support of the team will be considered for the Wild Bill Hagy Award.

Appropriately, Hagy will be the first recipient of the award, which was announced during Orioles Hall of Fame ceremonies prior to tonight's game. A lifelong Baltimorean and fan of the Orioles since 1954, Hagy was well known for leading "The Roar from 34" in his upper deck section at Memorial Stadium in the 1970s and '80s, sometimes coming down to the top of the dugout to lead the crowd in cheers as he spelled out "O-R-I-O-L-E-S".

The Orioles will work with the Oriole Advocates, sponsors of the Orioles Hall of Fame and the Herb Armstrong Award, to develop specific criteria for the Wild Bill Hagy Award.

Former outfielder B.J. Surhoff was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in pregame ceremonies tonight, while the late broadcaster Bill O'Donnell was honored as the Herb Armstrong Award recipient.

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