Top 50 Baltimore Orioles

While it would seem to many that the Baltimore Orioles were a charter American League team, that was far from the case. 

An inaugural team of the American League in 1901, the organization was initially known as the Milwaukee Brewers (no, not those Brewers).  The association in Wisconsin lasted for only one season, as they relocated to St. Louis, and would be renamed as the Browns.

This change of scenery would last for over 50 years, but the Browns were not a powerhouse in the AL.  They would only win the Pennant once in 1944, but they would not be able to win it all. 

The competition with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League would finally be their undoing, and they would move to Baltimore in 1954.  The first few seasons were the same as they had been in St. Louis, but they methodically built a defensive gem of a team.  The turning point would be a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, that netted them, Frank Robinson.  Baltimore would win their first World Series in 1966, and secured their second title in 1970. 

Baltimore would win their third World Series Championship in 1983.


This list is up to the end of the 2020 regular season.

Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
Rod Carew called Mike Boddicker’s pitch assortment, "Little League Slop."  The right-hander didn't have much of a fastball, had a strange change-up, but he could throw what he had from different angles.  That skill allowed him to progress well past “Little League.”
A member of the St. Louis Browns for his entire career, Carl Weilman was unique for his time as a 6’ 5” Pitcher.  Nowadays, hurlers his size are commonplace but in the 1910s he was a curiosity.  He was also a good Pitcher.
Plucked from the Yankees organization in the Rule 5 Draft after the 1937 season, George McQuinn had his best seasons with the St. Louis Browns.
In keeping with the excellent defensive players that the Baltimore Orioles had in the 1960s and 1970s, Davey Johnson was a three-time Gold Glove winner (1969-71) and would also be named to three All-Stars (1968-70). 
As you would deduce by his nickname, Walter Cleveland "Lefty," Stewart was a left-handed Pitcher, and he played most of his career with the St. Louis Browns.
Faced with the dreadful task of being the player who had to replace Brooks Robinson at Third Base, Doug DeCinces had some Gold Glove worthy years with Baltimore.  The advanced metrics show that he was worthy of consideration, but traditionally he wasn’t there.
Chris Hoiles would play his entire 10-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, and defensively he was highly regarded not just for his acumen with a glove but his skill in handling a staff.
Hoyt Wilhelm was only with the Baltimore Orioles for four and half seasons, but he was an All-Star in three of them, and it was his stint there that would later propel him into Cooperstown.
Over the career of Chris Davis, two things are abundantly clear; he hits a lot of Home Runs, and he strikes out a lot more.
Matt Wieters was highly touted from Georgia Tech, and the Orioles would select the former ACC Rookie of the Year in 2007 with the fifth overall draft pick.

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Traded from the New York Yankees during the 1976 season, Rick Dempsey would find a lot more playing time in the city of Baltimore.
Don Buford played ten seasons in the Majors, with the second half (1968-72) with the Baltimore Orioles.