Over half of the remaining members of the 1966 World Series champion Baltimore Orioles appeared at a 40th anniversary reunion autograph show over the weekend.
One starting pitcher was 20. Another 21. Their leading hitter–a future Hall of Famer– had just been traded for Milt Pappas. Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and the ’65 champion Dodgers were on the other side. But when the World Series was over, the Baltimore Orioles were champions.
Manager Hank Bauer, AL MVP Frank Robinson, Hall of Famers Jim Palmer and Luis Aparicio and other members of the team appeared together on the site of their ultimate triump this weekend in Baltimore.
"For so many long-time Orioles fans, the shining moment in franchise history has to have been the 1966 World Series upset-victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers," said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum. "Forty years later, the Babe Ruth Museum is proud to reunite this very special team with its adoring fan base. As one of those long-time fans, I get goose bumps just thinking about it!"
Phil Wood of the Examiner says winning the series is one of Baltimore’s two greatest sports moments.