THE BIRDS OF BALTIMORE


A bird's-eye view of the Baltimore Orioles' official - and unofficial - Orioles bird logos and mascots as they've appeared over the past 45 years.


1954 - 1962
The Lead-Off Bird

This original Orioles bird rendering was perched proudly on Orioles' uniform caps for their first nine seasons. Note the genealogical resemblance to the Ornithologically Correct Bird of 1989 - 1997.

 
1955 - 1962
The Shoulder Patch Bird

This bird was the official shoulder patch adornment of such early Orioles greats as Gus Triandos; Milt Pappas, Jim Gentile and Chuck Estrada - not to mention a couple of new kids' by the names of Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell.

 
1963

In 1963, the bird flew the coop and was replaced by an orange letter B - the only season Orioles' caps were birdless.

 
1964 - 1965
The Chirping Bird

The bird returns. So named for his chirping expression, this bird adorned the '64 and '65 uniform caps, and had plenty to chirp about: the '64 Orioles won 97 games and finished just two games out of first.

 
1966 - 1989
The Bird (also known as the Cartoon Bird)

Brooks, Frank, Boog, Jim, Earl and even Cal... Virtually every Oriole great, and anyone who put on an Orioles uniform between 1966 and 1989 has donned a cap with this bird on it. The look of the caps changed through the years, but the bird remained the same.

 
1989 - 1997
The Ornithologically Correct Bird

In 1989, with 35 seasons, 6 division titles and 3 World Championships under their belts, the Orioles put a new bird on their caps. In the age of political correctness, the Orioles chose a bird rendering that "Bird" fans and bird watchers could both appreciate.

 
1998 - 1999
The Lifelike Bird

An update of the Ornithologically Correct Bird of the last 8 seasons, the Orioles found this bird a more lifelike interpretation of the actual live Oriole bird. For the 1999 season, the lifelike bird was updated slightly and given a more proud image. Although the changes in his appearance may seem slight, he is much more stately and majestic in his stance. This bird currently sits proudly on the caps and shoulders of the 1999 Orioles' uniforms.

 

1953
The Warm-Up Bird

The bird is born. The Orioles' original mascot as he appeared in a rough sketch by his creator, the Sunpapers' Jim Hartzell...

 
1954 - 1964
The Hartzell Bird

...and all dressed up for the cover of the first Opening Day program, April 15, 1954.

 
1964 - 1965
The Decker Bird

By 1964, thanks to winning records in three of their last four seasons, the Orioles looked more intimidating than ever. Thanks to local illustrator Hal Decker, so did the Oriole bird logo.

 
1966 - 1991
The Front Page Bird

From June 30, 1966 until 1991, to discover their team's fate, Orioles fans simply had to glance at Jim Hartzell's cartoon on the Sunpaper's front page. Here, for example, a victory over the Yankees.

 
1966
The Walsh Bird

Right after designer Stan Walsh - creator of such unforgettable icons as the Hamm's Bear and Snap, Crackle and Pop - got the bird all dressed up, the Orioles gave him someplace to go. The 1966 World Series.

 
1967
The Peacock Bird

After the Orioles' four game sweep of the Dodgers to win the 1966 World Championship, the '67 bird strutted his stuff by adding a cape and crown to his plumage.

 
1968
The Cuckoo Bird

After a disappointing 1967 season, this character, also known as the Psycho Bird, told us to "Wait Til This Year." As it turned out, he and the Orioles had to wait until the next year to face the Miracle Mets in the '69 World Series.

 
1994
The 40th Anniversary Bird

He's baack! A perfect blend of past and present, the original bird teams up with the Oriole Park at Camden Yards logo to celebrate 40 fabulous seasons of baseball in Baltimore.

 
1997
The Baby Bird & Orioles Fun Birds

In 1997, the Orioles created a group of "fun birds" which have played a variety of roles in the Orioles organization. The Baby Bird, also known to little O's fans as the Dugout Club Bird, was designed to appeal to a younger Orioles fan. As he improves his baseball skills, the Fun Bird is illustrated executing various baseball drills.

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Originally posted on the Baltimore Oriole web site