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The Meaning of an Orioles' Strangely Silent Game

Jun 5, 2019

Credit Courtesy of the University of Nebraska Press

As the Baltimore Orioles continue the long slog that is “rebuilding,” empty seats abound at Camden Yards. But nothing compares to the attendance figure on Wednesday, April 29, 2015: Zero.

What has come to be known as “The Uprising” had crippled Baltimore two days earlier. And the Orioles and Major League Baseball decided that the game between the Os and the Chicago White Sox would be played that day with no fans seated in the ballpark. It was the only Major League Baseball game ever played without fans.

Kevin Cowherd was a Baltimore Sun sports columnist and features writer for 32 years. His latest book tells the story of that surreal game. It’s called "When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball's Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope.” Cowherd will be reading from the book on June 30 at 2 p.m. at the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Library. Click here for more information about that event. 

During Wednesday's show, Tom mentioned the announcement today by Baltimore Mayor Jack Young of the Baltimore City Recreation Department's first-ever Charm City Games competition.  The event will be taking place this July, and will invite teens between the ages of 12 and 14 to represent their districts in a week-long, Olympic-style sports tournament.  For more information and to register for the event, click here.