RAY MILLER & JOHNNY OATES ELECTED TO ORIOLES HALL OF FAME
The Orioles announced Monday that former pitching coach and
manager Ray Miller has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame. Former O’s
manager and player Johnny Oates will also be enshrined posthumously as a
selection of the Veteran’s Committee, and longtime Baseball Operations employee
Lenny Johnston is this year’s Herb Armstrong Award winner.
A native of Suitland, Md., Miller will be enshrined for his
work as Baltimore’s pitching coach, a role he held for three separate stints –
1978-95, 1997 and 2004-05.
During Miller’s tenure, the Orioles won the 1979 American
League Championship and the 1983 World Series. Five Orioles pitchers won at
least 20 games under his tutelage – Mike Boddicker, Scott McGregor, Steve
Stone, Mike Flanagan, and Jim Palmer.
Miller also served as manager for the Orioles during the
1998 and 1999 seasons, compiling a 157-167 record. From 1985-86, he managed the
Minnesota Twins and from 1987-1996 he served as pitching coach for the
Oates will be inducted as a manager by the Veteran’s
Committee. A catcher, Oates made his Major League debut with the Orioles on
September 17, 1970. He also played for the Birds in 1972, appearing in a total
of 90 games over the two seasons.
was named manager of the Orioles midway through the 1991 season. In 1992, he
led the club to an 89-73 record and in 1993 the team went 85-77, earning Oates
The Sporting News Manager of the Year honors. He served as Baltimore’s manager
through the strike-shortened 1994 season, compiling a 291-270 overall record.
His .519 winning percentage is 5th-highest in Orioles history.
Miller and Oates will be formally inducted into the Orioles
Hall of Fame as part of pre-game ceremonies at Camden Yards on Saturday, August
7, prior to the Orioles’ 7:05 game against the Chicago White Sox. Longtime
Orioles Baseball Operations employee and current Coordinator of Bluefield
Operations Lenny Johnston will receive the Herb Armstrong Award, given to
non-uniformed personnel who have made significant contributions to the ballclub
and the game of baseball.
Miller, Oates and
Johnston will be honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Oriole Advocates,
founders of the Orioles Hall of Fame, on Friday, August 6, in the Warehouse at
Camden Yards. Tickets for the luncheon are available by calling 410-466-8242.
Tickets for the induction ceremony and the Orioles-White Sox game on Saturday,
August 7 are available at http://www.orioles.com or by calling 1-888-848-BIRD.