On Thursday August, 5, prior to the O's-White Sox game, the Orioles did an amazing job by bringing in TWO alumni who I didn't have in-person autographs from.; "Diamond" Jim Gentile and "Disco" Dan Ford both were lined up to sign that day, along with local guy, multiple time signer, Bill Swaggerty.
Jim Gentile was big-time slugger in the early to mid 1960s', hitting 160 homers from '60-65 and was a three-time All-Star during that stretch. He was an Oriole from 1960-63 after being traded to Baltimore from the Dodgers and would likely have had even better big league numbers if he hadn't been blocked by Gil Hodges during his 9 seasons in the Dodgers' system. Roy Campanella gave him the nickname "Diamond" in 1956 when he described Jim as a "diamond in the rough".
Jim was in Baltimore since he was lined up to sign at the National; I lucked out and got him for free at the O's game instead. His signature is amazing and you can easily read every letter of his name.
"Disco" Dan was a member of the Orioles 1983 World Series Champs and spent the last four years of his 11 season MLB career with the O's from '82-86. He was one of the nicest guys that I have ever seen at an O's Alumni signing and shook hands and talked to nearly everyone who passed through the line. I always like when players act like that; Dan seemed genuinely happy to appear at the signing. His signature is pretty legible, maybe outside of the r in his last name.
A few highlights of Dan's career include when he hit for the cycle on August 10, 1979 while playing for the Angels, receiving MVP votes in '79, and homering for the O's in game 3 of the '83 series.
|That's Dan in the foreground, with Bill Swaggerty just past him, and Jim Gentile hidden in the back|
Bill pitched for the O's from 1983-86 and frequently appears at alumni signings and other local Orioles events. His signature is pretty solid too, especially considering he has such a long last name.