Saturday, January 25, 2014

Oddball Orioles Stuff #7

I took advantage of today's Houston area "Ice Shutdown" to organize my publications. With a memorabilia show this weekend I plan to poke around and maybe fill in some missing slots in my collection. There are not many dealers who travel to these shows carrying programs and yearbooks but I usually find a couple.

I made a spreadsheet that lists my Orioles, Baltimore Colts, New York Rangers, Texans and University of Houston publications so I can see what I'm lacking. Maybe I can avoid my past problems that have led me to own a dozen 1966 Orioles game scorecard/programs and similar foolishness.

Going through my shelves I came across this 45 RPM record, Orioles Magic. I have no idea where I got it, or when, but I could vaguely remember the tune. I don't have a turntable handy but I was surprised to find the song on YouTube. The videos are below.

The scan up top shows the side with the 'vocals' version, the flip side is instrumental.

Here are blow-ups of the pertinent label details:

And the record sleeve:

Finally, a couple vids using the song. The first is a tribute to Orioles stars, the second uses actual birds and was assembled by Baltimore's National Aquarium. 


  1. I've heard the song get played at Camden Yards, especially the O! R! I! O! L! E! S! part. It's the kind of song that really only an Orioles fan could love. I do like the National Aquarium's video, though.

    About 5 years ago a band who called themselves "Warning Track Power" put out a song called "How 'Bout Dem O's?", which was a far better song but never quite caught on. It does a lot of name dropping, which makes it amusingly dated... but how can you not like a song that rhymes "Uehara" with "Melvin Mora"?

  2. I swear my brother had this record. I don't recognize the sleeve at all, but the record (and the song) seems very familiar.

  3. I agree with Joe S. To me it sounds like a cross between Barry Manilow and Warren Zevon but not in a good way. Is that how Steve Goodman's "Go Cubs, Go" sounds to non-Cubs fans? I mean, not good?

  4. Kind of a catchy tune. Definitely has that late 70s early 80s sound. I like it, but I'm pretty sure that any team song will sound crappy to fans of other teams.