May 22nd Fireside Chat to Celebrate Broadcaster’s 14 years in Baltimore
There’s a reason why Jon Miller is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The winner of baseball’s prestigious Ford Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting, Miller combines the uncanny ability to call a play as it unfolds with the unique talent of humorous, insightful storytelling.
I met Jon in the winter of 1983, the year he came to
For the next fourteen years Miller was the voice of Baltimore Orioles baseball, delighting us with his calls of the 1983 World Series victory over Philadelphia, the 1989 “Why Not” season, the opening of Oriole Park, “2131” and Eddie Murray’s 500th home run. But of all his special moments in
Baltimore, Jon says the
one that stays with him the most is the night in 1988 when the Orioles came
home to Memorial Stadium with a record of 1-23. That was when they started the
season 0-21, setting an all-time MLB record for season-starting futility. That
night at Memorial Stadium, 51,000 fans showed up to root on their orange and
black. They called it Fantastic Fans night, and the HOF broadcaster says he never saw anything
like it, before or since.
Jon Miller will be at Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Central Library on May 22 for “Sports Legends Museum presents Jon Miller,” one of several programs our museum is doing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Oriole Park. That night, after a meet and greet with fans, Jon will take to the stage to once again share with his Baltimore fans the sense of humor and hyperbole that landed him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
For ticket information for “Sports Legends Museum presents Jon Miller,” call 410-727-1539.
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