Orioles Legends Celebration Series continues

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, Hall of Fame pitcher JIM PALMER will be the third Oriole honored as part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series. A larger-than-life bronze sculpture of Palmer will be revealed in a ceremony in the Legends Area beyond center field beginning at 2:15 p.m. All gates open at 2:00 p.m., and all fans in attendance will receive a replica of the sculpture. Palmer will also be honored in an on-field ceremony and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

Earlier this season the Orioles honored FRANK ROBINSON and EARL WEAVER. Three more ceremonies are scheduled for EDDIE MURRAY (August 11), CAL RIPKEN JR. (September 6) and BROOKS ROBINSON (September 29). Fans are encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/legends for more information and to purchase tickets for the unveilings.

IN THE COMMUNITY

ORIOLES LICENSE PLATES

Earlier this season the Orioles partnered with the Maryland MVA to bring fans official Orioles Maryland license plates. To date, the Orioles have sold over 1,000 plates with more than $25,000 benefiting the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation. The license plates feature the popular cartoon bird logo and are available to Maryland residents. Fans can visit www.orioles.com/plates for more information and to download an application.

AT THE BALLPARK

TUMBLER PICK-UP

Beginning tonight, fans who received a voucher on June 23 for the Oriole Park 20th Anniversary Tumbler presented by Ocean City MD can redeem the voucher in-park. Fans must bring the voucher to the Fan Assistance Center located in the Warehouse. The Fan Assistance Center is also open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans can also fill-out the reverse side of the voucher and mail it to the Orioles. Once received, the Orioles will mail the tumbler and the fan will assume all risk. Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for mailing.

LIVING FLAG FOUNDATION

Tonight, prior to their game against the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles will host a special pre-game ceremony at Oriole Park for the winners of the 2012 Philip F. Haxel, Sr. Elementary School Baton of Patriotism Essay contest. The contest was founded by the American Flag Foundation, the organization that brings the Living American Flag at Fort McHenry and the Traveling Living American Flag to Maryland schools. Last year’s contest winner, Zoe Bonitatibus, will be “Passing the Baton of Patriotism” to 2012 winner Gigi Sellers, a fifth grade student from Bayview Elementary School in North East, Maryland.

ORIOLES MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM

As part of the Orioles’ Military Appreciation Program, sponsored by GEICO, the Orioles and OriolesREACH donate a catered private suite at each Sunday home game at Oriole Park to servicemen and women. This Sunday, July 15, military members from the 135th Maintenance Squadron Maryland Air National Guard will enjoy the game vs. the Detroit Tigers from a catered suite and will have an opportunity for a meet and greet with MARK REYNOLDS, and receive an Under Armour Player t-shirt.

STEAL SECOND BASE PRESENTED BY ESSKAY

The Orioles will again feature the Steal Second Base contest for every Sunday home game this season. Presented by ESSKAY, the Steal Second Base contest allows a young fan to participate in a timed race from the grounds crew area in center field to retrieve second base. Fans can sign up for the opportunity at the ballpark at any Fan Assistance Center. The lucky winner will receive four tickets to that day’s game, gift certificates to use inside the park, an Orioles jersey and an Orioles prize pack. This year, for the first time, the contestants will also get to keep the authentic base that they steal. This Sunday’s winner is Kyle Metz, an eight year old from Nottingham, MD.

GIANT FOOD HONORARY BAT KIDS

Once again, the Orioles have partnered with Giant Food stores this summer to host the Giant Honorary Bat Kids program. Children ages 6-14 can enter by filling out an entry form at select Giant Food stores and submitting in the entry box in the store or mailing the form directly to the Baltimore Orioles. This program will take place through August 30. One boy and one girl will be selected to be the Honorary Bat Kids at each Orioles game, excluding Sundays. Winners will receive four tickets to the game, on-field access to watch Orioles batting practice and the opportunity to receive autographs, an Orioles t-shirt and hat. Each winner will also participate in an on-field, pre-game ceremony where they are presented with an official Honorary Bat Boy/Girl certificate and have a photo opportunity with the Oriole Bird.

ORIOLES REACH COMMUNITY BOOTH

During each home game the Orioles provide a community booth for charitable, non-profit organizations to distribute information, sell raffle tickets, register participants or conduct health care screenings for Orioles fans. The following groups will be at the community booth, located near Gate D, during this homestand:

DATE ORGANIZATION
Fri, July 13 All Shepherd Rescue
Sat, July 14 Baltimore Bully Crew
Sun, July 15 Oriole Advocates

ORIOLES REACH GAMEDAY EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

This season, OriolesREACH will again host thousands of underprivileged youth as part of the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience Program. Group members receive game tickets, concessions vouchers, an Orioles t-shirt, a cap and transportation to and from the game. Tickets are provided courtesy of Orioles players. Players participating in the program this year include ROBERT ANDINO, JAKE ARRIETA, WILSON BETEMIT, WEI-YIN CHEN, KEVIN GREGG, JJ HARDY, TOMMY HUNTER, ADAM JONES, NICK MARKAKIS, and BRIAN MATUSZ. The following organizations will attend games at Oriole Park during this homestand, courtesy of these Orioles players:

DATE ORGANIZATION SIZE PLAYER SPONSOR
Fri, July 13 Lancaster Teen Haven 150 Robert Andino
Sat, July 14 Middle River Baptist Church Child Development 150 Kevin Gregg
Sun, July 15 Black Mental Health Alliance 150 Adam Jones

GIVEAWAYS AND TICKET OFFERS

DATE ITEM/OFFER ELIGIBILITY
Fri, July 13 Matt Wieters Orange Replic Jersey First 15,000 Fans (15 and Over)
  AT&T Student Night AT&T Upper Reserve seats $6 for students with valid school ID
Sat, July 14 Jim Palmer Replica Sculpture All fans
Sun, July 15 Orioles Cartoon Bird Home Cap First 20,000 Fans (15 and Over)
  Dugout Club Day Pre-registered Dugout Club Members