Jackson: The Orioles’ first dynasty

From SABR member Frank Jackson at The Hardball Times on July 8, 2016:

What does the phrase “Oriole dynasty” signify to you?

You might think of the late 1960s through the early 1980s, when the Orioles were regulars in the postseason. Or you might hearken back to the 1890s, the era of John McGraw, Hughie Jennings and the Baltimore chop.

You probably wouldn’t think of the post-World War I era, yet that was when the Baltimore Orioles were one of the most successful franchises — albeit a minor league franchise — in baseball history. While native son Babe Ruth was rewriting the record books in major league ball, his former team in Baltimore was doing some rewriting of its own in the International League record book. Many pundits felt they were good enough to compete at the major league level.

The architect of this dynasty was John Joseph (better known as Jack) Dunn. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because he was the guy who sold the Bambino to the Boston Red Sox.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-orioles-first-dynasty/

Originally published: July 15, 2016. Last Updated: July 15, 2016.