|Last Pitch at Memorial Stadium, October 6, 1991|
The pre-game ceremonies honored Elrod Hendricks for spending more time in an Orioles uniform that anyone else in club history. The first pitch honors were shared between Brooks Robinson and Johnny Unitas (no one fores
aw the Browns moving to town) as everyone expected this to be the last professional baseball or football game to be played at the stadium.
Starting pitcher Bob Milacki had a horrible game, giving up eight hits and five runs in the first 2 2/3 innings. The bullpen settled down but by the ninth inning when Mike Flanagan came on to get the last out the Orioles trailed 1-7. But it did not matter. The crowd was electric. “To me, it was like the seventh game of the World Series,” Flanagan said.
It is hard to believe that magical moment in Orioles history occurred 20 years ago. Rex Barney, Elrod Hendricks, Johnny Oates, Mike Flanagan and many more are gone, but time will not diminish the glory of their deeds…or that day.