1988 Baltimore Orioles season
The 1988 Baltimore Orioles had the worst start to a season in modern American baseball history. The Orioles finished 7th in the American League East, reduced to a record of 54 wins and 107 losses just five seasons after winning the World Series. The season is remembered for the 0–21 start that lasted from April 4th to April 28th.  Manager Cal Ripken, Sr. was fired after an 0–6 start and replaced by Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The Orioles won their first game of the year against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 29. The most runs allowed during the season was 15 in a game on June 19 while the most runs scored was 12 in a game on May 31. Orioles owner Edward Bennett Williams died in August of that year.
|1988 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Edward Bennett Williams|
|General manager(s)||Roland Hemond|
|Manager(s)||Cal Ripken, Sr., Frank Robinson|
(Jim Simpson, Brooks Robinson)
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Mel Proctor, John Lowenstein)
|Local radio||WBAL (AM)|
(Jon Miller, Joe Angel)
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This was only the second time that the Orioles had lost at least 100 games (the other being their inaugural season of 1954); in addition, the 107 losses would remain a Baltimore record until the 2018 edition broke it, and it was the second-worst overall franchise record, behind only the 1939 St. Louis Browns (43-111), which was also surpassed by the 2018 Orioles, en route to a 47-115 finish.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Roster
- 4 Player stats
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- October 8, 1987: Mike Kinnunen was released by the Orioles.
- October 8, 1987: Mike Hart was released by the Orioles.
- November 6, 1987: Rico Rossy and Terry Crowley Jr. (minors) were traded by the Orioles to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joe Orsulak.
- February 27, 1988: Ray Knight was traded by the Orioles to the Detroit Tigers for Mark Thurmond.
- March 21, 1988: Mike Young and a player to be named later were traded by the Orioles to the Philadelphia Phillies for Rick Schu, Keith Hughes and Jeff Stone. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Frank Bellino (minors) to the Phillies on June 14.
- April 4, 1988: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Orioles 12–0, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in a shutout win on Opening Day.
- September 7, 1988: Curt Schilling made his major league debut. He pitched against the Boston Red Sox and pitched in 7 innings. Schilling gave up 6 hits and 3 earned runs. He had 2 strikeouts and 5 bases on balls.
The Losing StreakEdit
- Game 13: The Orioles tied the 1904 Washington Senators and the 1920 Detroit Tigers for most losses to start the season with 13 losses after being beaten by the Brewers, 9–5, in Milwaukee.
- Game 14: On a cold, wet night, 7,284 witnessed baseball history at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Baltimore became the first team in MLB history to start the season 0–14 as the Brewers won, 8–6.
- Game 21: The Orioles lost 4–2 to the Minnesota Twins in Minnesota, extending their streak of season-starting losses to half again their original record, marking their seventh straight series being swept, and ending the day 16 games out of first place on April 28.
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||—||53–28||36–45|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||0.537||2||45–36||42–39|
|New York Yankees||85||76||0.528||3½||46–34||39–42|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1988 American League Records
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Opening Day startersEdit
- Mike Boddicker
- Terry Kennedy
- Fred Lynn
- Eddie Murray
- Joe Orsulak
- Billy Ripken
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Rick Schu
- Larry Sheets
- Jeff Stone
- April 2, 1988: Dickie Noles was signed as a free agent with the Orioles.
- April 5, 1988: Mickey Tettleton was signed as a Free Agent by the Orioles.
- June 1, 1988: Pete Rose, Jr. was drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. Player signed September 1, 1988.
- July 29, 1988: Mike Boddicker was traded by the Orioles to the Boston Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling.
|1988 Baltimore Orioles roster|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester
- 1988 Baltimore Orioles Schedule, Box Scores and Splits - Baseball-Reference.com
- Box Score of Game played on Friday, April 29, 1988 at Comiskey Park I
- Mike Kinnunen page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Hart page at Baseball Reference
- Rico Rossy page at Baseball Reference
- Ray Knight page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Schu page at Baseball Reference
- SI.com - Statitudes - Statitudes: Opening Day 2002, By the Numbers - Sunday March 30, 2003 01:50 AM
- Curt Schilling page at Baseball Reference
- Washingtonpost.com: The 1988 Orioles: And the Losing Goes On
- "1988 Baltimore Orioles Schedule". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- Jim Caple (October 10, 2014). "ALCS: Someone's misery will end". ESPN. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- 1988 Baltimore Orioles Roster by Baseball Almanac
- Dickie Noles page at Baseball Reference
- Mickey Tettleton page at Baseball Reference
- Pete Rose Jr. page at Baseball Reference
- Mike Boddicker page at Baseball Reference
- 1988 Baltimore Orioles Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com