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“I’ll never forget the men whose efforts earned the 1970 Orioles consideration as one of the best ball clubs of all time and after reading Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers, you won’t either.”—Brooks Robinson, Hall of Fame third baseman
(Brooks Robinson 2011-09-26)

“After the embarrassment of the year before and the shock of losing to the Miracle Mets, the 1970 Orioles couldn’t wait to avenge that defeat and show the baseball world what the fans of Baltimore already knew. Brooks Robinson and his cast of All-Stars were knocking on dynasty’s door. The Oriole Way was alive and well on 33rd Street.”—Ted Patterson, Orioles history expert
(Ted Patterson 2011-09-26)

"If you are a fan of baseball, this is a great book to pick up. If you are an Orioles fan, especially one that can remember the 1970 team, it's essential."—cardinal70.com
(cardinal70.com 2012-03-07)

About the Author

Mark Armour, the director of the Society for American Baseball Research’s Baseball Biography Project, is the author of three books on baseball, most recently Joe Cronin (Nebraska, 2010).

Baltimore native Malcolm Allen has served as associate editor of La Prensa del Beisbol Latino, the quarterly newsletter of the Society for American Baseball Research’s Latino baseball committee.

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Product Details

  • Series: Memorable Teams in Baseball History
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803239939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803239937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Editor Kitty on March 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Any Oriole fan from the 70's and any lover of the traditions and history of baseball will enjoy this wonderfully insightful trip down memory lane when the sport was still more fun than big business. Well-researched, well written. It is not just a recitation of facts and stats, but each of the players, coaches, etc. comes alive.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By thewritersjourney on October 8, 2012
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Every franchise has a story to tell, and a true baseball fan can appreciate success that comes as the result of hard work, even if the winner is not that fan's favorite team. In 1970, the Baltimore Orioles dominated their opponents on their way to a World Series championship. That domination was made possible by a system of belief that was ingrained in Orioles players from their days in the minors; that system was called "The Oriole Way."

Editors Mark Armour and Malcolm Allen, along with biographies from the Society for American Baseball Research, celebrate "The Oriole Way" in Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers. This volume is filled with statistics and anecdotes for all the contributing members of the 1970 squad, from skipper Earl Weaver and his "Ten Laws of Baseball," stars Jim Palmer and Brooks Robinson, to key role-players such as Chico Salmon and Terry Crowley.

In addition to the player biographies, Allen contributes a "Timeline" for each month of the 1970 season, displayed the Baltimore Sun`s headline for each game as well as a brief write-up. The book culminates with a concise, three-page chapter describing the 1970 postseason. The authors don't revel in the victory, but present a well-balanced, factual account of how the Orioles triumphed over their rivals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Martinez on March 7, 2013
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I'm a baseball fan and knew very little about historic Orioles teams. This is an amazing book written by people who love the game - and love the Orioles. Great story, presentation and facts!
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This look at that great Orioles team isn't bad, although it is quite redundant. Best bet is to pick & choose whom one wants to read about in the player "mini" biographies, which is what I ended up doing.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Maitland on November 15, 2012
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It's not like the writing is not there but the format of the book leaves a lot to be desired. Basically, instead of covering the 1970 Baltimore Orioles season, the focus is mainly on biographies of each of the players. On their own they read well but put together there is so much overlap. It seems almost every bio has to mention what happened in the '69, '70 and '71 World Series. Once is enough.

In between groups of bios we get the day-by-day breakdown of the season which is fine if you're into that.

A better editor was what was needed...or just go buy Thomas Boswell's books (Why Time Begins On Opening Day or How Life Imitates the World Series) that feature plenty on the Earl Weaver managed O's era.
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