03 March 2014

an initials memorial for the orioles' owner

edward bennett williams, the owner of the baltimore orioles since 1980, died from cancer in august of 1988.  for the remainder of the season, the orioles wore his initials on their left sleeve as a memorial.  the 'ebw' memorial can be seen in part on oswald peraza's 1989 topps big card
and on full display on this 1989 fleer bob milacki prospects card
the card in the binder, however, is this 1989 upper deck pete stanicek card
as the team's owner, williams was responsible for signing a long term lease with baltimore shortly before he died which secured the funding for a new stadium.  that stadium, of course, became oriole park at camden yards.  not a bad legacy to leave behind, although williams' is probably better remembered as an attorney and washington dc insider i would imagine.

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