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Through the Looking Glass: It's a Bird, it's Superman!

It’s September 11, 1970 and the Orioles are a cinch to win the American League East -- much to the chagrin of the New York Yankees, their opponent that night. Some weeks earlier, New York outfielder Curt Blefary had told his teammates that they could still catch Baltimore because the Orioles weren’t supermen. Here, Orioles slugger Frank Robinson suggests otherwise, ripping open his shirt as Blefary roars with laughter.

The Orioles won 108 games that season, swept Minnesota to win the American League flag and then defeated Cincinnati, four games to one, to win their second World Series.

Sun file photo by William Hotz


I never knew Curt Blefary even played for the Yankees.

We traded him to the Astros in 1969 for pitcher Mike Cuellar, and Blefary was a pretty good ballplayer, so I have to wonder why he lasted for such a short time in Houston.

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