As my time at The Baltimore Sun comes to a close, I was asked to encapsulate the 30 years (half my life) in a few paragraphs – which is impossible. If added together, I’ve spent years at a variety of stadiums, arenas and gyms around the country, with an up-close view of sports history. I’ve covered World Series, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Stanley Cup Finals, etc., and I’ve been paid to be there — what a job! My career in Baltimore lasted longer then Cal Ripken Jr.’s, and I have thousands of photos to prove it.
Whether up in Hampden or downtown at Camden Yards, Baltimore residents were greeted on Friday by a particularly distinct rainbow. Might it have been a sign from Mother Nature about the return of same-sex marriage to California, or just an omen signaling an exciting Orioles win?
Okay, okay, it was probably just a climate-caused optical phenomenon. Still pretty cool. We’ve collected photographs from Baltimore Sun staff and Darkroom readers. Share yours using @baltimoresun on Twitter or Instagram, and it could be featured here!
Ravens executive O.J. Brigance, a former linebacker battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease whose presence inspired current players during last season’s Super Bowl run, and his wife Chanda participated in the first pitch ceremony before Thursday evening’s Orioles game for Major League Baseball’s 4 ALS initiative and ALS Awareness Month. The Brigances’ appearance was the latest in a series of moving first pitch ceremonies at Camden Yards.
Longtime Orioles usher Charlie Zill, battling lung cancer, honored at first-pitch ceremony, 7th-inning stretch
Battling lung cancer, Charlie Zill, the longtime Orioles usher celebrated by fans for dressing up in overalls and “Zillbilly” teeth and twirling a fake orange fiddle during the 7th-inning-stretch playing of “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” just wanted to attend one more game. Wednesday night, he got that and more, throwing out the ceremonial pitch prior to the Orioles’ contest with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nothing says springtime like the opening day of baseball. On a bright sunny day the Orioles kicked off their home stand in a grand fashion as red-hot Chris Davis hit a grand slam home run to lead his team to a 9 to 5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The fans arrived donning their best Orioles garb as they strutted orange and black. The standard fare of hot dogs and beer were consumed along with lots of other more exotic consumables. In the end the Orioles and their fans left the park a happy and content lot.
Notice a little more orange in your Instagram feed lately? If you were following these folks, it never would have stopped. From the playoff run last October, to the road opener on Tuesday, Orioles supporters from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, even from New England, have been sharing slices of their fandom, which, appropriately enough, often involves slices of Orioles-themed cake. In this special Instagrammer Feature, meet some of the Orioles fans of Instagram.
Photos curated in part via Olapic
After winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens were welcomed back by one of the greatest victory parades in Baltimore history with over 200,000 fans in attendance on Feb. 5.
Look back at past celebrations and Opening Day sports parades. Perhaps, the biggest turnout was on April 15, 1954, when fans welcomed the Baltimore Orioles in their very first season on Opening Day against the White Sox. Over 350,000 fans were said to have shown up for the parade.
Wilson Hicks, former Executive Editor for Life Magazine, once wrote, “The most graphic reporting is eyewitness reporting. ‘I was there, I saw it happen, it was like this.’ In journalistic print, the firsthand account which comes closest to reproducing the actuality of an event is the picture…”
Baltimore Sun photographers were on hand to witness and photograph the highs and lows of 2012, from the resurgent Orioles making the playoffs for the first time in 15 years to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
The images in this gallery are a sampling of these pictures as selected by Sun Director of Photography Robert Hamilton. Some of these photographs are from significant events that shaped the lives of people; others are small moments of universal truths.
“Days Remembered,” a recently published picture book by The Baltimore Sun, provides a visual march through history. The images span over a century of photography, taken by The Baltimore Sun staff photographers, starting with the very first picture, published in 1901.