1995 Baltimore Orioles season
|1995 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Roland Hemond|
Home Team Sports
(Mel Proctor, Josh Lewin, John Lowenstein, Jim Palmer)
(Jon Miller, Fred Manfra, Chuck Thompson)
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- November 18, 1994: Mark Lee was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- December 6, 1994: Jay Powell was traded by the Orioles to the Florida Marlins for Bret Barberie.
The Orioles scored 704 runs (4.89 per game) and allowed only 640 runs (4.44 per game), second only to the Cleveland Indians. The Orioles pitching staff also allowed the fewest hits in the Majors (1,165), the most complete games (19) and the most shutouts in the AL (10).
Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig's record
On Wednesday, September 6, 1995, many baseball fans within and out of the United States tuned into cable TV network ESPN (and called by Chris Berman and Buck Martinez) to watch Ripken surpass Lou Gehrig's 56-year-old record for consecutive games played. The game, between the Orioles and the California Angels, still ranks as one of the network's most watched baseball games. Cal's children, Rachel and Ryan, threw out the ceremonial first balls.
Both President Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore were at the game. President Clinton was in the WBAL local radio broadcast booth when Ripken hit a home run in the fourth inning, and called the home run over the air. When the game became official after the Angels' half of the fifth inning, the numerical banners that displayed Ripken's streak on the wall of the B&O Warehouse outside the stadium's right field wall changed from 2130 to 2131.
Everyone attending (including the opposing Angels and all four umpires) erupted with a standing ovation lasting more than 22 minutes, one of the longest standing ovations for any athlete; ESPN did not go to a commercial break during the entire ovation. During the ovation, Cal was convinced by his teammates to take an impromptu victory lap around the entire Camden Yards to shake hands and give high-fives to the fans, creating a highlight reel moment that's been played repeatedly over the years since then.
|Boston Red Sox||86||58||0.597||—||42–30||44–28|
|New York Yankees||79||65||0.549||7||46–26||33–39|
|Toronto Blue Jays||56||88||0.389||30||29–43||27–45|
Record vs. opponents
1995 American League Records
- April 9, 1995: Jesse Orosco was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- April 21, 1995: Andy Van Slyke was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- May 16, 1995: Jack Voigt was traded by the Orioles to the Texas Rangers for John Dettmer.
- June 14, 1995: Jarvis Brown was sent to the Orioles by the Cincinnati Reds as part of a conditional deal.
- June 18, 1995: Andy Van Slyke was traded by the Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies for Gene Harris.
- July 28, 1995: Damon Buford and Alex Ochoa were traded by the Orioles to the New York Mets for Bobby Bonilla and a player to be named later. The Mets completed the deal by sending Jimmy Williams (minors) to the Orioles on August 16.
|1995 Baltimore Orioles|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|SS||Cal Ripken, Jr.||144||550||144||.262||17||88|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Awards and honors
- Cal Ripken, Jr., Associated Press Athlete of the Year
- Cal Ripken, Jr., Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
|AAA||Rochester Red Wings||International League||Marv Foley|
|AA||Bowie Baysox||Eastern League||Bob Miscik|
|A||High Desert Mavericks||California League||Tim Blackwell|
|A||Frederick Keys||Carolina League||Mike O'Berry|
|Rookie||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||Andy Etchebarren|
|Rookie||GCL Orioles||Gulf Coast League||Julio Garcia|
- Mark Lee page at Baseball Reference
- Bret Barberie page at Baseball Reference
- Top Ten Things to Do at Oriole Park at Camden Yards by Orioles Tickets, 2005. Retrieved December 14, 2006.
- Jesse Orosco page at Baseball Reference
- Andy Van Slyke page at Baseball Reference
- Jack Voigt page at Baseball Reference
- Jarvis Brown page at Baseball Reference
- Bobby Bonilla page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- 1995 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1995 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com