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The Camden Collection

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Baltimore is the home to the ballpark that started the "retro-look" revolution in stadium design.  Here are some views of that famous park and its surroundings.

In the center of this photo is where the stadium will be built.  This was taken during the first days of construction in 1990.  At the far left is the long-vacated train station.  Just behind that is the now-famous warehouse.  The light-colored portion was removed to create a plaza at the main entryway for the park.

Fans are pouring into Oriole Park At Camden Yards for its very first Opening Day in April of 1992.  The building to the left is the renovated train station -- the original "Camden Yards Station" of days gone by.  This was taken from the same vantage point as the first photo above.  You can see that part of the warehouse was removed to make space for the plaza.

One of the more famous elements of Baltimore's ballpark is "the warehouse."  Originally the city wanted to tear it down, but the architects for the park (HOK) convinced then to leave it intact as an interesting backdrop for right and center fields.  Today the building has been completely renovated and it serves as the home for the Orioles' offices and the posh Camden Club restaurant (see below).  I took this photo the morning after Cal broke the "record that could never be broken."  Speaking of the Iron Man, also visit the special Cal Collection of photos.

Well, I guess I have to mix the bad with the good.  If you're an Orioles fan like me, then you simply hate the Yankees, so this was a decidedly unhappy moment for me.  Here, Cecil Fielder is congratulated by his teammates after hitting the decisive home run in the final game of the '96 AL Championship Series -- the series which will long be remembered for 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier stealing a victory from the O's in Game One in the Bronx.

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