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1989 "Why Not?" Anniversary Luncheon and Reunion Ceremony

Friday, August 9 | Oriole Park at Camden Yards

On Friday, August 9, join us on gameday for a reunion ceremony recognizing the comeback kids of the '89 Orioles and be among the first 20,000 fans 15 & over to receive a special '89 "WHY NOT?" T-shirt commemorating the spectacular season.

1989 "Why Not?" 30th Anniversary Luncheon

Twenty members of the 1989 Orioles have already confirmed their attendance, including Orioles Legend and National Baseball Hall of Famer CAL RIPKEN, JR., JEFF BALLARD, PHIL BRADLEY, MIKE DEVEREAUX, RENE GONZALES, PETE HARNISCH, TIM HULETT, DAVE JOHNSON, BEN MCDONALD, BOB MILACKI, GREGG OLSON, JOE ORSULAK, JAMIE QUIRK, BILL RIPKEN, DAVE SCHMIDT, LARRY SHEETS, MIKE SMITH, MICKEY WESTON, MARK WILLIAMSON, and CRAIG WORTHINGTON. The luncheon will include a question and answer session with the players and coaches, a silent auction, raffles, and door prizes.

Tickets for the luncheon are $90, with a limited number of VIP tickets to the luncheon available for $135, which includes a pre-luncheon reception and photo with returning members of the 1989 team. Tables of 10 are also available.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Ann Serio of the Oriole Advocates at (410) 247-2703 or by email at

30th Anniversary '89 "Why Not?" Reunion

Later that evening, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Houston Astros, the Orioles will hold a special pregame ceremony honoring the members of the 1989 team. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over attending the game will receive an '89 "Why Not?" T-shirt.

All fans can enjoy the continuation of the Friday Fireworks & Women of Country Music Series, featuring up-and-coming singer/songwriter CARTER FAITH performing immediately following the game and prior to a spectacular fireworks display.

Picked to finish last in the American League East after going 54-107 in 1988, the '89 Orioles spent 116 days in first place and went down to the next to last game of the season before being eliminated from the postseason by the Toronto Blue Jays in one of the most remarkable turnarounds in baseball history. "Why Not?" became the slogan for the team after a fan hung a banner at Memorial Stadium early in the season, answering the question as to whether the Orioles could contend throughout the season.