This is the greatest call you'll ever hear on a walk-off home run for a 107-loss team
The year was 1988 and the summer was a long one in Baltimore. Despite having two future Hall of Famers (Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray) and a young Brady Anderson on the roster, the Orioles -- just five years removed from a World Series championship -- were struggling to compete.
When Ripken and the O's awoke on Aug. 24, 1988, they found themselves 31 games out of first place and gearing up for a doubleheader against the Mariners ... who were 28 games out of first place themselves. Surely, neither team knew what a long, exciting day of baseball they had in store.
In Game 1, the Mariners were leading, 3-2, and had already notched two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Orioles manager Frank Robinson called on Larry Sheets to pinch-hit. With Anderson on third, Sheets launched a 2-2 pitch deep over the center-field wall for the walk-off win, much to the delight of then-Orioles (and current Giants) broadcaster Jon Miller.
Sheets' homer would be the only pinch-hit, walk-off home run for the Orioles until Chris Davis hit one in 2014. (The more ya know!)
In the second game on that fateful day in 1988, the O's and M's needed 12 frames to settle the score and only managed to do so when Joe Orsulak lofted a sacrifice fly to center field that scored pinch-runner Ken Gerhart. The Orioles and Mariners used 21 innings to play two games of baseball ... both of which ended in 4-3, walk-off wins for the Orioles.
Those two wins accounted for 3.7 percent of the team's wins that season.