Baseball: Baltimore's Early Birds

The names that baseball teams give themselves are apt to be anything but apt. Consider the Atlanta Braves, who fled from Boston and Milwaukee, and the Detroit Tigers, whose claws have been clipped since 1945. Not to mention the California Angels, those swinging young men about Hollywood, or the Kansas City Athletics, who haven't made the first division in 14 years.

But the Baltimore Orioles — now there's a proper name. As every ornithologist knows, the Baltimore oriole is a bird that makes a lot of noise in the spring, then lays an egg and departs.

The way they...

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