As a team, the Orioles have been fast to uncover franchise-changing prospects. Orioles deserve some credit for putting these jerseys on the ice at Camden Yards, which is why they’ve retired six numbers.
These six numbers, together with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, signify the glory, prestige, and amazing talent that has adorned the black and orange.
With a manager, many starting pitchers, and a few hall of fame infielders, the Orioles have a lot to lose when it comes to retiring players’ numbers.
Earl Weaver, manager: No. 4
From 1968 to 1982, Weaver led the Orioles to four American League pennants (including three straight from 1969 to 1971) and the 1970 World Series.
After the 1982 season, he took a brief break and returned in 1985. His final season in charge was 1986, which was the team’s lone losing season under his leadership.
Brooks Robinson, 3B: No. 5
Known as “The Human Vacuum Cleaner,” Robinson spent his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. From 1960 until 1975, he won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards as a member of the American League MVP team in 1964.
First-year Hall of Famer in 1983 because of his strong offense and top-notch defense. When Robinson left the team in 1977, the Orioles quickly retired his number.
Cal Ripken, Jr., SS: No. 8
Ripken played all of his major league baseball on the infield with the Orioles.
Ripken won the 1982 Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP Awards in 1983 and 1991, but he is best known for his “Iron Man” streak, during which he played more games than Lou Gehrig combined.
With a 98.5 percent of the vote, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007 as a second-round draft pick.
Frank Robinson, OF: No. 20
Only six seasons in Baltimore, yet Robinson was part of four World Series-bound teams. When the Orioles won the World Series, he was MVP and won the Triple Crown.
Before his playing days were done, the Dodgers honored Robinson by retiring his uniform number the year after he was sent to the Orioles. For the first time in the history of the Orioles, his jersey number was retired.
Jim Palmer SP: No. 22
With Baltimore, Palmer spent all 19 of his seasons as the team’s best pitcher. Pitcher Jim Palmer was a three-time Cy Young Award winner and a key member of three World Series championship teams.
Palmer was a four-time Gold Glove winner who reached the 20-win plateau eight times in his career. In 1990, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Eddie Murray, 1B: No. 33
Murray spent 13 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, receiving the Rookie of the Year Award in 1977, his first year with the team.
The first baseman got MVP votes in each of the next eight seasons, including back-to-back second-place finishes in 1982 and 1983.
While playing for the Baltimore Orioles, he racked up 2,080 of his 3,255 career hits and 343 of his 504. Murray played for the Dodgers, Mets, Indians, and Angels before being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, his first year of eligibility.
Jackie Robinson, No. 42
As a tribute to Jackie Robinson, the Orioles retired the number 42 on April 15, 1997.