Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the professional baseball teams in the MLB, based in Baltimore. They are members of the East Division of the American League. They are one of the eight founding members of the league when it was formed in 1901 with Ban Johnson as president.

The team was initially based in Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers, before moving to Saint Louis and becoming the St. Louis Browns. After 52 unsuccessful years in St. Louis, the franchise was acquired in November 1953 by a group of Baltimore businessmen led by Clarence Miles.

The club was officially relocated in 1954, adapting the name Orioles to honor Maryland's official state bird. The Orioles name had often been used by previous teams in both major and minor league baseball based in Baltimore, including the franchise that would become the New York Yankees.

The Orioles enjoyed great success between 1964 and 1983, as well as in the mid-1990s, winning a total of nine division titles (1969–1971, 1973–1974, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2014), six American League titles (1966, 1969–1971, 1979, 1983) and three World Series (1966, 1970, 1983). Five of their players were awarded MVP of the season.

One of the longest-running franchises in the major leagues, the O's endured a 14-season losing streak from 1998 to 2011. They returned to a hot streak in 2012, returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1997.