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In 1962, the Oriole Advocates parade float with a giant baseball, a giant egg, and an Oriole Advocates sign moves across the field at Baltimore's then baseball stadium, Memorial Stadium, which is packed with fans in the stands in the background. Running along side the float is a man with glasses, and the iconic scoreboard sponsored by National Bohemian is visible in the distance.


On the historic Oriole Advocates parade float, the Oriole Bird, the Orioles new team mascot, debuts by breaking out of its oversized shell to a cheering crowd at Memorial Stadium in 1962. He is waving with both arms in the air and is wearing an Orioles baseball cap.
The Birth of the Oriole Bird: on the Oriole Advocates parade float in 1962, the Oriole Bird, the Orioles team mascot, wearing an Orioles baseball cap, is introduced by emerging from a giant egg shell. The “hatching” is assisted by a man wearing a trenchcoat, pants, and an Orioles cap, and the historic photo also shows promotional text reading ‘Take a friend to the “Ballgame.’”

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A group of businessmen, civic leaders and government officials decide to explore ways to get local citizens to support their professional baseball club. Fan attendance was only around 30% capacity and the team scrambled to bring people to the park on a regular basis. The first formal meeting of the baseball enthusiasts was held at Memorial Stadium on July 9, 1960, and was attended by 25 individuals, including three officials of the Baltimore Orioles. “The Oriole Advocates” was adopted as the official name of the organization.


The Oriole Advocates host their first promotion: Camera Day. Fans were allowed to take photos of and with current Orioles players on the field. This popular event remained a fixture for many years to come and allowed the average person a close-up look at their hometown team and heroes.


A youth fan club named the Junior Orioles is introduced to recruit youngsters under the age of 15 into becoming life-long Orioles fans. It started off with more than 750 members in its first year and has attracted over a quarter-million members aged 14 or younger before evolving into the Kids Cheer Free program that is now run by the Orioles.


In conjunction with the Orioles, the Advocates started the Birthday Box, which allowed children to hold birthday parties during the games in the West Side Press Box of Memorial Stadium.


The Oriole Advocates sponsored the first Brooks Robinson Night, which honored the Orioles legend.


The Baltimore Orioles win their first ever World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oriole Advocates are there to drive cars carrying Orioles players during the local parade.


The Oriole Advocates lead the campaign to save Babe Ruth’s birthplace and convert it into a museum—now known as the worldwide attraction, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.


The Baltimore Orioles pull off their second World Series win against the Cincinnati Reds, and once again, the Oriole Advocates drive cars carrying Orioles players during the local parade.


In partnership with the Baltimore Orioles, the Orioles Hall of Fame is established.


The first members are inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame: Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson. Eligible inductees include players, coaches, managers, non-uniformed personnel, and legendary fans.


The Oriole Bird hatches on the Oriole Advocates’ parade float in Memorial Stadium as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the team moving to Baltimore. During the parade, dignitaries such as Tommy D’Alesandro, William Donald Schafer, and Billy Hunter were driven around the Stadium in 1954 vintage automobiles.


The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Philadelphia Phillies to take home another World Series. During the local parade celebrations, the Oriole Advocates are there to drive the much-lauded players. 


The first Oriole Hall of Fame luncheon is hosted to raise funds for little league baseball and other community charitable events.


The Oriole Advocates establish a college scholarship fund.


The Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation is founded to provide financial assistance and support for nonprofit organizations related to baseball and softball. As a 501(c)(3), it is tax-exempt and becomes the source of funding for scholarships, mentoring programs, and other initiatives.


The Oriole Advocates launch Challenger Baseball.


The Oriole Advocates sponsored the first Champions Little League event for children with developmental and/or physical challenges. This was the first event of what would eventually become the Challenger Baseball program.


Cardboard to Leather® is launched and Oriole Park at Camden Yards opens to the public.


Scholarships are provided to students participating in the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)’s baseball program at the Catonsville campus.


The Oriole Advocates officially launches Challenger Baseball.


The Don Blum Scholarship at Mount Saint Joseph High School is created, which is given to a rising senior on the school's varsity baseball team.


The CCBC scholarship program expands to include players at the Essex and Dundalk campuses.


The Oriole Advocates act as docents at the new exhibit by Home Plate Plaza honoring 30 years of Camden Yards.

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