Happy 25th Camden Yards
1992 is the 25th Anniversary of the first season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The facility has hosted games in two American League Championship Series (1996 and 1997) and an All-Star Game (1993). Camden Yards instantly became “the place” to watch a baseball game, for Orioles and non-Oriole fans alike.
“I know I’m biased but what’s better,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter asked. “So many people have missed without naming names the essence of what gives a ballpark character. It obviously starts with the people who come out and fill up the place and its just so woven into the city.”
When Camden Yards opened in 1992, Cleveland and Texas had their current ballparks under construction. Overall since Camden Yards opened, 21 of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have taken the Baltimore approach to baseball.
“To go out as a player to perform in a setting like that makes it a lot easier knowing the ball park is going to function for you,” former Oriole and current Shorebird Manager Ryan Minor said.
25 years after that first game against the Cleveland Indians, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is still one of baseball’s great venues.