O's to celebrate '83 championship

O's to celebrate '83 championship

BALTIMORE -- It may be July 2008 on the calendar, but inside Camden Yards on Wednesday night, the Orioles are planning for it to feel a lot more like an autumn evening in 1983.

The Orioles will be turning back the clock to revel in the 25th anniversary of their 1983 World Series championship over the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1983 ticket prices to an opportunity for fans to meet and greet with over 20 members of the championship team, fans will be taken back to the days when the phrase "Orioles Magic" was still in its infancy.

"This is a good way for us to be back together," said current Orioles first-base coach John Shelby, who played his first full Major League season on that 1983 team. "Once you get out of the game, a lot of fans think everybody lives close together and within the city, but once your career's over, a lot of people go back to their hometowns, go their different ways. This is one of those special events that brings a lot of people back together."

Wednesday night will be a celebration of the 1983 champions from start to finish. From players like Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray to general manager Hank Peters and coach Jimmy Williams, the 1983 team will be well-represented.

Other former players expected to be in attendance for the night's events include Benny Ayala; Mike Boddicker; Al Bumbry; Todd Cruz; Rick Dempsey; Jim Dwyer; Mike Flanagan; Dan Ford; Glenn Gulliver; Tito Landrum; Dennis Martinez; Tippy Martinez; Scott McGregor; Dan Morogiello; Jim Palmer; Gary Roenicke; Shelby; Ken Singleton; John Stefero and Bill Swaggerty.

The Orioles have slashed ticket prices for all upper-box and upper-reserve seats down to $5.50, the same price fans shelled out for at Memorial Stadium in 1983. In addition, the current members of the Orioles and Blue Jays will wear '83 throwback jerseys in honor of the celebration. The jerseys will then be auctioned online with the proceeds going to Shannon's Fund, the OriolesREACH program named in honor of former director of community outreach, Shannon Obaker.

Members of the 1983 team will also greet fans at the gates, handing out 25th anniversary World Series pennants to the first 25,000 fans until 6 p.m. ET, when they will then participate in a live news conference in the Bullpen Picnic Grove area, which fans are welcome to observe. At 6:30, the on-field pregame festivities will commence, including ceremonial first pitches by McGregor and World Series MVP Dempsey.

"I've never forgotten about '83," Shelby said. "I think I thought about it more this year, because coming back as a coach brought back a lot of memories. But being on that team and being in the organization -- especially on that World Series team -- that's something I'll never forget, whether I'm in Baltimore or not."

After the pregame festivities, the Orioles will take on the Blue Jays in the third of their four-game series at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available for the game.

Amanda Comak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.