1988 Baltimore Orioles

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1988 Baltimore Orioles / Franchise: Baltimore Orioles / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 54-107, Finished 7th in AL Eastern Division (1988 AL)

Managed by Cal Ripken Sr. (0-6) and Frank Robinson (54-101)

Coaches: Don Buford, Terry Crowley, John Hart, Elrod Hendricks, Minnie Mendoza, Frank Robinson and Herm Starrette

Ballpark: Memorial Stadium

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1988 Baltimore Orioles began the season by losing their first 21 games. This set a major league record for most losses to start a season and an American League record for most consecutive losses. They begun the year in style by losing 12-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day, April 4th. After six straight losses, manager Cal Ripken Sr. was fired on April 12th and replaced by Frank Robinson, but the team kept on losing, not winning its first game until April 29th when they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 9-0. Things did not really improve after that, as the O's never left last place and finished with 107 losses.

Among the 21 straight losses were a team record 13 straight losses a home. This seemed like a feat unlikely to be duplicated, but the 2018 edition of the team managed to match this.

Awards and Honors[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Joe Posnanski: "Here's how the O's lost 21 in a row to start 1988", mlb.com, May 3, 2018. [1]