These birds are partial to Louisville timber. The Baltimore Orioles baseball team is a storied franchise of Major League Baseball, boasting seven American League pennants and three World Series titles (its last in 1983). Organized as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, the team became the St. Louis Browns the next year and moved to Baltimore in 1954. The team's roster has boasted such Hall of Fame talent as Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Brooks Robinson. The Orioles organization also has a controlling interest in Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, a regional cable sports channel. Peter Angelos has controlled the team since 1993.
Orioles fans have suffered through a decade of losing seasons, making it a struggle for the team to draw crowds at retro-looking Oriole Park at Camden Yards, its home since 1992. In 2007 manager Sam Perlozzo was ousted after three dismal seasons with the O's. The team later hired Andy MacPhail, formerly president and CEO of the Chicago Cubs, to serve as president of baseball operations.
Angelos bought the Orioles out of bankruptcy for about $170 million. Minority owners include author Tom Clancy, columnist George Will, filmmaker Barry Levinson, and tennis player Pam Shriver.