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[photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland] The Baltimore Orioles baseball team is part of the American League (East Division). The team plays in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, one of the nation's first retro-styled stadiums built to recall early baseball parks.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[photo, Gate C entrance, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Eutaw St., Baltimore, Maryland] Located in downtown Baltimore, the Stadium opened in 1992. It seats 48,262 people. Adjoining buildings hold the Orioles' offices, shops, and restaurants, as well as the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards.

Gate C entrance, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Eutaw St., Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


[photo, Three generations of Orioles fans, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland] On April 6, 2009, the Orioles began their 17th season in Oriole Park, their 55th season in Baltimore.


Three generations of Orioles fans, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, July 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
The Aberdeen IronBirds affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 2002 after relocating from Utica, New York. Part of the New York-Penn League of Class A baseball, the team plays at Ripken Stadium, which opened June 18, 2002, in Aberdeen. The Ironbirds begin their eighth season on June 19, 2009.

The Bowie Baysox minor league baseball team is the Baltimore Orioles Class AA minor league affiliate. It belongs to the Eastern League of AA baseball. The team plays in Bowie at Prince George's Stadium, which opened in 1994. Opening day for the Baysox was April 16, 2009.

The Delmarva Shorebirds debuted in the South Atlantic League of Class A minor league baseball in 1996. A Baltimore Orioles affiliate, the team plays at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In 2000, the Shorebirds won the South Atlantic League Championships. The Shorebirds opened their season on April 9, 2009.

The Frederick Keys team was established in 1989. It is the Carolina League Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and plays in Frederick at Harry Grove Stadium, which opened in 1990. The Keys began their 21st season on April 9, 2009.

The Hagerstown Suns have been part of the South Atlantic League since 1993. They play in Hagerstown at Municipal Stadium, built in 1931. The Suns became a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in 2001, with affiliation changing to the Washington Nationals in 2007. The Suns began their season on April 9, 2009.

The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs began playing on May 2, 2008, at the Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, and opened their second season on April 23, 2009. The team is part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball.

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