Every Maryland native to play for Orioles

December 17th, 2020

In the six-plus decades the Orioles have called Maryland home, they’ve employed 28 players who do the same. Some spent their entire careers in the Charm City, some merely passed through on their way to other stops along the Major League circuit. All are part of an exclusive group; it’s always a point of local pride throughout the greater Baltimore region when one of their own suits up for the hometown O’s.

Here are all the Maryland natives to play for the Orioles:

SS Cal Ripken Jr.
Born: Havre de Grace, Md.
High School: Aberdeen High School
Games with O’s 3,001

The ultimate homegrown player, Ripken remained true to his Baltimore roots throughout his Hall of Fame career and beyond. Baseball’s Iron Man invested heavily after his playing days in his Aberdeen hometown, where he owns the O’s Class A Advanced Minor League affiliate and one of the country’s largest youth baseball organizations.

OF Brady Anderson
Born: Silver Spring, Md.
High School: Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Games with O’s 1,759

Anderson was born in Maryland, but grew up in California, where he attended both high school and college. He returned in 1988 and spent 14 years with the Orioles, emerging as one of the most productive and popular outfielders in their history. Anderson was a three-time All-Star and set what was at the time the franchise single-season record with 50 homers in '96 -- the record was surpassed by Chris Davis with 53 in 2013.

INF Billy Ripken
Born: Havre de Grace, Md.
High School: Aberdeen High School
Games with O’s: 724

Four years Cal’s junior, Billy Ripken carved out a nice legacy of his own as a versatile infielder for parts of 12 big league seasons with the Orioles, Rangers, Indians and Tigers. Seven of those came with Baltimore, where Billy Ripken was a popular regular from 1987-92.

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DH Harold Baines
Born: Easton, Md.
High School: St. Michaels High School
Games with O’s: 666

Inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today’s Era Committee in 2019, Baines compiled 2,866 hits, 384 home runs and 1,628 RBIs over 22 big league seasons. The six-time All-Star was a steady contributor for seven Orioles teams over three separate stretches with Baltimore, from 1993-95, ’97-99 and 2000. He was the No. 1 overall pick by the White Sox in 1977 out of St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern shore.

LHP Steve Barber
Born: Takoma Park, Md.
High School: Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring, Md.)
Games with O’s: 253

A hard-throwing member of the “Kiddie Corps” of the early 1960s, Barber became the club’s first 20-game winner in '63. The lefty went 95-75 with a 3.12 ERA and made two All-Star teams with Baltimore from ’60-67.

RHP Tom Phoebus
Born: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Mount St. Joseph’s
Games with O’s: 134

After growing up on Fawcett Street within two blocks of Memorial Stadium, Phoebus signed with his hometown Orioles for $10,000 as an 18-year-old in 1960. He grew into a junk-balling righty who went 50-37 with a 3.06 ERA for the club from '66-70, and then finished his career with the Padres and Cubs.

RHP Ray Moore
Born: Meadows, Md.
High School: Frederick Sasscer
Games with O’s: 112

The Upper Marlboro native was first noticed by MLB scouts pitching for the Army in the Philippines, later debuting for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952. Moore arrived in Baltimore three years later, eventually going 33-30 with a 3.93 ERA over three seasons as a control-challenged starter for the O’s. He returned to Maryland after his career and lived there until his death in 1995.

RHP Dave Johnson
Born: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Overlea High School
Games with O’s: 66

A sensation of the 1989 “Why Not?” Orioles, Johnson was a Minor League journeyman and former truck driver who went on to win some huge games for the O’s in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. He stayed in the area after his comet of a big league career, serving as a longtime color analyst on Orioles radio and television broadcasts.

RHP Steve Johnson
Born: Baltimore, Md.
High School: St. Paul’s High School
Games with O’s: 27

The symmetry was obvious when Johnson, a longtime Minor Leaguer like his father Dave, earned his first big league win on Aug. 8, 2012 -- 23 years to the day after his dad did. The younger Johnson ultimately bounced between Triple-A Norfolk and the O’s for parts of three seasons, before returning to the Baltimore area to coach youth baseball.

RHP Branden Kline
Born: Frederick, Md.
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School
Games with O’s: 37

It was a long, arduous road back to Baltimore for Kline, who overcame years of arm injuries before debuting for the O’s in 2019. The hard-throwing righty pitched to a 5.48 ERA in 37 relief appearances across two seasons.

RHP Evan Phillips
Born: Salisbury, Md.
High School: Clayton High School (Clayton, N.C.)
Games with O’s: 44

Another recent Oriole with Baltimore ties, Phillips’ parents met in Ocean City, Md. He grew up in North Carolina rooting for the O’s, then he joined the organization as part of the Kevin Gausman deal with the Braves in 2018, making 44 relief appearances over parts of three seasons.

LHP Bruce Zimmermann
Born: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Loyola Blakefield
Games with O’s: Two

Also coming over in the Gausman deal with Phillips, Zimmermann reached the Majors in 2020 and is a rotation candidate heading into '21. The 25-year old lefty is the latest Marylander to debut for the O’s.

Also worth noting: INF Bobby Young (1954-55), INF Leo Burke (1958-59), RHP Jack Fisher (1959-62), OF Barry Shetrone (1959-62), RHP Jim Lehew (1961-62), RHP John Miller (1962-63, '65-67), RHP Bruce Howard (1968), RHP Dave Boswell (1971), OF Jim Fuller (1973-74), INF Tim Nordbrook (1974-76) OF Damon Buford (1993-95), RHP Garrett Stephenson (1996), LHP John Bale (2001), C Steve Clevenger (2013-15), RHP Ryan Meisinger (2018)

Four native Marylanders have coached for the Orioles: Cal Ermer (Baltimore, coached in 1962). ... Ray Miller (Takoma Park, 1978-85, ’97, 2004-05). ... Sam Perlozzo (Cumberland, 1996-05). ... Cal Ripken Sr. (Aberdeen, 1976-86 & ’89-92). Former pitching coach Leo Mazzone was born in Keyser, WV, but grew up near Cumberland, Md. Ripken (1987-88) and Perlozzo (2005-07) are the only Marylanders to manage the Orioles.