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By Jeremy Kahn
BALTIMORE — When the Major-League Baseball schedule for 2019 last September, I perused it like a fine-tooth comb.
It was quickly decided that I would head to a stadium that I had never been to before, and finally that weekend is here.
As I write another edition of the Jeremy Kahn Ballpark Tour, I am sitting in the press box of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a jewel of a ballpark that opened in 1992.
The Baltimore Orioles moved here from St. Louis, where they were known as the Browns in 1954, and until 1991, they played in what was known as The Grand Ole Lady of 33rd St., or the Worlds Largest Insane Asylum, other was known as Memorial Stadium.
When this ballpark opened, it received rave reviews and now I know it was so raved. The sight lines are fantastic, the B&O Warehouse on Eutaw St. is literally right over the right field wall and the view of Downtown Baltimore is right there as well.
There a lot of history here as well, as this is where Ken Griffey, Jr., hit the Eutaw Street Warehouse during the 1993 All-Star Game Home Run Derby and there is a marker on the warehouse, Cal Ripken, Jr., broke Lou Gehrigs consecutive game streak in 1995, Eddie Murray hit his 500th career home run here in 1996.
When the San Francisco Giants last played here, the starting rotation that weekend was Dustin Hermanson, Noah Lowry and Jerome Williams. Barry Bonds went 5-for-11 in the series with two homers, five RBI and six walks…Bonds was walked five times (four times intentionally) in the second game of a doubleheader on June 12.
This ballpark is a definite must when the Orioles are in town, as I am so glad that made the trek here to Baltimore.
After leaving Baltimore, the tour will head to New York, and the home of the New York Mets since 2009, Citi Field.
With Camden Yards out of the way, here is the list of current stadiums that I have seen a game in either as a media member or as a fan.
1. Oracle Park-San Francisco
2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum-Oakland
3. Dodger Stadium-Los Angeles
4. Anaheim Stadium-Anaheim
5. Petco Park-San Diego
6. Chase Field-Phoenix
7. Coors Field-Denver
8. Globe Life Park-Arlington
9. Busch Stadium-St. Louis
10. Wrigley Field-Chicago
11. Comerica Park-Detroit
12. PNC Park-Pittsburgh
13. Citizens Bank Park-Philadelphia
14. Camden Yards-Baltimore
15. Nationals Park-Washington
16. Citi Field-New York
17. Yankee Stadium-New York
18. Fenway Park-Boston
19. Marlins Park-Miami