The New York Yankees have taken much from the Baltimore Orioles over the years, from that illicit game-tying run in the 1996 ALCS to the actual franchise. The original Orioles franchise in Baltimore, a National League club in the 19th Century and a charter member of the American League in 1901, was plucked from Charm City in 1903. Initially renamed the New York Highlanders thanks to its home in Hilltop Park in upper Manhattan, the franchise would eventually be dubbed the Yankees and later move across the Harlem River to the Bronx.
After New York grabbed hold of the club that brought John McGraw (and his "Baltimore Chop") to fame, Major League Baseball would not return to the hometown of Babe Ruth (another item of note that the Yankees, by way of Boston, took from Baltimore) until 1954 when the St. Louis Browns were lured East. In the years since, the Big Apple has proven a regular impediment to prolong success in Baltimore. Even the Mets have gotten in on the act, famously upsetting a powerhouse O's squad in the 1969 World Series.
As the 2012 season comes down to the wire, the Orioles are shedding the also-ran status that they've had for more than a decade, rekindling the dormant rivalry with the Yankees in the process. Although the Pinstripes have historically been the likelier to luck out in the matchups betweens these A.L. East foes, perhaps the tide is finally turning. In a moment that could prove quite significant as the final regular-season standings are determined, Baltimore benefitted from just the sort of controversial play that Jeffrey Maier made for New York. With the Yankees holding a slim edge in the standings entering a recent game at Camden Yards, first base umpire Jerry Meals blew a call at first base that snuffed a rally for the road team and dropped them level with the Orioles in the standings. The Yankees held a 10-game lead on July 18 but have given up ground as the summer wore on and have been mired in a nip-and-tuck battle ever since that call.
Could the Orioles finally take something from the Yankees?
Here are some of the most memorable and heated moments in the Yankees-Orioles rivalry:
The Jeffrey Maier Game
The video explains it all. No Orioles fan likes talking about this game.
After blowing a lead in the eighth inning in a May game in 1998, O's reliever Armando Benitez hit Tino Martinez on the very first pitch of the at-bat. Both benches cleared and a huge brawl broke out, which spilled into the Yankees dugout.
Jeter Replaces Cal
In the late 1990's and early 2000's, Derek Jeter eventually replaced the "Iron Man" as America's shortstop. His three World Series championships (96', 98' and 00') helped while Ripken was on the decline and retired after the 2001 season. When the Orioles honored Cal on Thursday night with a statue before a game against the Yankees, Jeter talked about his respect for the retired shortstop. "I have the utmost respect for him, the way he played, the way he did his job, each and every day," Jeter said via MLB.com. "And more importantly, the way he treated people. He always treated people well." <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120906&content_id=38008864&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb" target="_hplink"> Jeter said via MLB.com</a>
Mike Mussina Goes To The Big Apple
After spending 10 years pitching in Baltimore, which included <a href="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mussimi01.shtml" target="_hplink">five All-Star appearances and four Gold Gloves</a>, Mike Mussina ditched the O's for <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=100136&page=1#.UEpBW1RaJ_0" target="_hplink">six-year deal worth $88.5 million from the New York Yankees. </a>
George Steinbrenner vs. Peter Angelos
Former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and O's owner Peter Angelos would occasionally take shots at each other, even when it came to horse racing. <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/1998-05-20/sports/18062303_1_angelos-devil-rays-orioles" target="_hplink">"Peter should win a World Series, before he tries catching me in horse racing,"</a> Steinbrenner said on May 19, 1998 shortly after his horse came in first in a race at Pimlico. Angelos' horse finished sixth. <a href="http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/schedule.php?y=1998&t=BAL" target="_hplink">The Orioles had just been swept</a> in a four game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
After going 0-9 at home in 1996 against the Yankees, Rafael Palmeiro hit a walk-off two-run homer in bottom of the 10th off New York reliever Jim Mecir in the first meeting of the 1997 season at Camden Yards.