Lets Go Os! Orioles Memorabilia at the Pratt

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by Roswell Encina

Like the rest of Baltimore, the Pratt Library is under the spell of Orioles magic. We will be cheering on the hometown team during this afternoon's critical Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

The Pratt Library and the Orioles have a long history of working together and supporting each other. From the Summer Reading Program to our Get Carded campaign, the Orioles have been there with free tickets for our top readers, have encouraged the community to sign-up for library cards, and have participated in reading stories to children.
Orioles at the Pratt Library! Adam Jones and Cal Ripken, Jr. with the big library card, and The Bird with school kids in Central Hall

The library also has an amazing collection of Orioles memorabilia. For more than a century, Maryland has played a significant role in the development and promotion of sports. These pieces are drawn from the thousands of items in the Ephemera Collection of the Maryland Department at the Central Library/State Library Resource Center. 

The library's Orioles collection includes a 1940 Schedule of Games, Mr. Boh's 1954 Baseball Schedule and a 1954 Official Souvenir Program called "On to Victory!"

Baltimore Orioles 1940 Schedule of GamesMr. Boh's 1954 Baseball Schedule1954 Official Orioles Souvenir Program, "On to Victory!"

From figure skating to jousting, and from amateur to pro, Baltimoreans and Marylanders can be proud of their involvement in sports history. So, when you speak of the relationship of Marylanders to sports, remember that the greats from our state go way beyond Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken, Jr.

We are also hoping to add memorabilia of our current Orioles greats to our collection: Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, and of course Buck Showalter.

So BUCKle up everyone! Wear your orange with pride. Watch the game then visit our digitized collection of Sports in Maryland online or see it in person in our Special Collections. But for now, LET'S GO Os!

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