Their metamorphosis from Browns to Birds complete, the Baltimore Orioles took flight on April 13, 1954 at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium. Though felled, 3-0 by the Tigers that day, the O’s were quick to take shape into baseball’s most dominant team of the 1960s and 1970s. This program and ticket stub were issued in the Motor City for that first-ever Orioles game! The 12-page program presents (EX) with scoring grids marked in pencil. The ticket stub, meanwhile, is crease-free with sharp edges/corners and (2) staple holes.
Note: while the program has a penciled “Opening Day” and date notation on the front cover, it presents much nicer than most guides of its era, as it is free of any compaction fold usually found on stadium publications from the ‘50s. Additionally, the scorecards feature pre-printed lineups and document the first-ever hit (Gil Coan) and first-ever extra-base hit (Don Larsen) in Orioles history!