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  And the Streak Goes On

Game 11: Orioles Labor 11 to Lose 11th
At least they were getting closer to winning. The Orioles took the Indians into 11 innings and a bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the inning before losing, 1-0, to Cleveland in Baltimore.

Game 12: Orioles Can't Hit Again
The Orioles wore their orange jerseys for only the third time since 1984 but it made little difference, as the Indians clinched the season series against Baltimore by defeating the hapless Birds, 4-1.

Game 13: With Unlucky 13th, Orioles Sink to Senators' Depths
The O's tied the 1904 Washington Senators and 1920 Detroit Tigers for most losses at the beginning of a season with 13 after being beaten by the Brewers, 9-5, in Milwaukee.

Game 14: 14th Straight Loss Makes Baseball History
On a cold, wet night, 7,284 witnessed baseball history at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Baltimore became the first team in the 120-odd years of major league baseball to start the season 0-14 as the Brewers won, 8-6.

Game 15: Orioles Do the Usual
Another game, another record. The Orioles broke their 34-year-old franchise mark for most consecutive losses by getting their 15th straight defeat, 7-1, at the hands of the now-familiar Brewers and pitcher Chris Bosio.

Game 16: 13-1 Debacle Enrages Robinson
His patience understandably wearing thin, Manager Frank Robinson blasted the Orioles after their latest lack of effort in a 13-1 loss to the Royals. Baltimore had little chance to win this game, falling behind 9-0 after the first inning.

Game 17: 17th Loss Elemental
The Orioles not only lost to the Royals, they also lost to Mother Nature. A wind-blown home run by Bo Jackson and two runs due to a blinding sun doomed Baltimore to a 4-3 loss, its 17th straight.

  • Some Still Cheer, but the Roar Is Muffled
  • The Orioles at 0-17, Still Being Loved

    Game 18: Saberhagen Makes Short Work of Orioles
    Bret Saberhagen was at his Cy Young best, scattering six hits in just over 2½ hours en route to a 3-1 victory over the Orioles. Once again, the O's bats were silent and their team average dropped to .198 on the season.

  • Kornheiser: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

    Game 19: The Gipper Must Wait as Twins Win
    Any day now. The Orioles got a call of encouragement from President Reagan, bundles of telegrams and phone messages from supporters, but couldn't get it done on the field. The result was a 4-2 loss to the Twins.

    Game 20: O's Threaten in Ninth But Lose, 7-6
    The Orioles jumped out to an early lead, fell behind and rallied to come within a run in the ninth inning, but again, it wasn't enough. The Twins won, 7-6. The loss tied the 1906 Boston Red Sox and the 1916 and 1943 Philadelphia Athletics for the American League's longest losing streaks.

  • Boswell: Hey! This Isn't Funny!

    Game 21: Winless Orioles Lose 21st in a Row
    Orioles General Manager Roland Hemond wore the same gray suit he wore in 1983 when his Chicago White Sox clinched the AL West, but the luck wasn't there. Baltimore dropped a 4-2 decision to Minnesota, breaking the American League record for consecutive losses.

  • Boswell: Losing's Got a Hold on Orioles
  • Yardley: Surviving Season's Beatings in Baltimore
  • Broadcasters Find 20 Ways to Call a Loss
  • No Magic, but Many Magicians
  • The Tie That Binds Only Losers Know

    Game 22: Nightmare's Over, Orioles Wake, 9-0
    Twenty-six days and 21 losses after leaving spring training, the Orioles finally got their first win of the season. On this night, runs came in bunches and the pitching was stellar as the O's downed the Chicago White Sox, 9-0.

    Game 23: Orioles Lose, End April 1-22
    A day after ending one dubious streak, the Orioles picked up another distinction. Their 4-1 loss to the White Sox gave Baltimore a 1-22 record for April, the worst single month in major league history.

    And so it went for the Orioles, on their way to 107 losses. Their last game at home ended with what else, a loss. After dropping their last home date to the Yankees, 5-1, players removed their jerseys and raffled them off to fans as part of a promotion. It was a fitting end to a strange season in which the Orioles lost their first nine home games, and despite a league-high seven lost home dates due to weather, the Birds drew over 1.6 million fans.

  • Woeful O's Present Challenge to Broadcasters Miller, Angel
  • Yardley: No More O's? Ahhh!

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