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  • Wild Bill Hagy Deserves a Statue!

    Ottmar Mergenthaler was a great Baltimorean. He invented the Linotype machine, which I've heard was important. I think it combined the typewriter and the coke mirror into one device, allowing the rise of gonzo journalism, but I'm not a scientist so I can't be sure. Either way, it got him into the Inventor's Hall of Fame. James Herbert "Eubie" Blake was also a great Baltimorean. His music revolutionized America's sound, and he made it into two halls: the Big Band and Jazz and the American Theater halls of fame. Nine Baltimore Colts and one Raven made the pro football hall, and there are a dozen Orioles, dating back to the turn-of-the-last-century National League O's, in the baseball hall. There's even a pair of golden-throated O's broadcasters, Chuck Thompson and Jon Miller, in residence.
  • It is seriously hard to get excited for the season when the most interesting move the club has made was backing out of a botched bullpen signing.

    Orioles spring training opens next week, and I for one would not want to hear Chuck Thompson's assessment of the beer temperature in Baltimore. Baseball's offseason is known as the Hot Stove League, but for Baltimore fans it's been more of a hot mess. The...