Camden Yards Pt.1 - Baltimore, Maryland
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Photographed in 1991 and 1994 using film.

Camden Yards - Opened April 6, 1992 and still standing. Official name is Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Location: 333 W. Camden St. Baltimore, Maryland -- Bounded by Russell St., W. Lee St., and I-395.

The granddaddy of the ballpark retro revolution. Camden Yards is the yardstick for all other new parks to try and shoot for. The ballpark officially opened on April 6, 1992. It was immediately hailed as the crown jewel of the new ballparks. And with good reason. Great sight lines, more comfortable seating, great leg room, and all the other goodies that go with a new park. BUT they didn't overdo it. The Orioles and the city of Baltimore did just enough.

The first ever game saw the Orioles defeat the Cleveland Indians 2-0. The first home run was hit the next day by Indian's first baseman Paul Sorrento. The first Orioles home run was hit in the third game by Mike Devereaux.

The Camden yards site was once used by French general Le Comte de Rochambeau on his way to Yorktown in 1781. While construction was going on, remnants from Ruth's cafe were uncovered in center field. Babe Ruth's dad and Mom ran a cafe in the early 1900s. It is said even the Babe himself worked in the restaurant as a kid.

Camden Yards has hosted the 1993 all star game. On September 6, 1995, it was witness to Cal Ripken, Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak. The only no hitter was thrown on April 4, 2001. Hideo Nomo of the Boston Red Sox threw the no-no against the birds. August 22, 2007, saw the Texas Rangers set a modern day record by scoring 30 runs in a 30-3 demolition of the Orioles.

From the B and O warehouse in right field, to Eutaw Street, to the inner harbor a few blocks away, and the Babe Ruth museum, Camden Yards is a great place to spend a day or night. Many of the new parks have tried, but very few have come close to Camden Yards. It is definitely one of the best of the new breed.
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Camden yards in Baltimore Maryland. The best of the retro ballparks. 7/94


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Coming up Russell Street. You can see Camden Yards rising in Baltimore. 9/91


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You can see the construction trailers in the foreground. Camden Yards would open the following April. 9/91


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The view from Paca and Camden Streets. This is the left field area of the new park. 9/91


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Inside the new digs. The drainage system is being installed. The club seats are in, as are some seats in the upper deck. The Orioles dugout is visible down the first base line. 9/ 91


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The main concourse down the third base line. MUCH wider than old Memorial stadium. 9/91


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The B and O warehouse in right field. The visitors dugout is to the left. 9/91


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More of the installation of the field. Sept 91


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Eutaw street under construction. Sept 91


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The back of the B and O warehouse and the muni tracks. Sept 91


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The sun setting on the B and O warehouse. Sept 91


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The main entrance for Camden Yards off Russell street. July 94


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The Orioles dugout prior to a game. July 94


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A hot, humid July day before the first pitch. July 94


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A great view of the field and downtown Baltimore. July 94


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The view of the B and O warehouse. July 94


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The massive centerfield scoreboard. July 94


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You can see the bullpens at the bottom of the photo. And how long the B and O warehouse is. It is the longest, narrowest building on the east coast. July 94


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A view of the skyline of downtown Baltimore. The red brick building next to the B and O warehouse is the old Camden station. It was the passenger terminal for the B and O railroad. It had been unused since 1980. In 2005, the building was reopened as the sports legend museum at Camden yards. July 94


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The view of Eutaw street from the upper deck in right field. The Orioles will move their team offices into the B and O warehouse. July 94


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The main Eutaw street entrance from the north. July 94


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This is the south entrance to Eutaw street. July 94


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Cars leaving Camden yards heading down Russell street. July 94


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This is the south entrance to Eutaw street. There is a huge plaza as you enter. July 94


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Sunset on the main entrance to Camden yards. The crowds have left, and the clean up crew is inside. July 94


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This parking lot is now part of M and T Bank stadium. Construction won't start for another two years yet. July 94