BALTIMORE - When the ceremonial first pitch is thrown at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Monday, it will have a bit of an old-meets-new feel to it.
The Baltimore Orioles will celebrate the 20th Opening Day at Camden Yards with former manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver throwing out the first pitch. The Orioles also announced Weaver will be throwing to current manager Buck Showalter.
Weaver managed the Orioles for 17 seasons including leading them to the World Championship in 1970. Showalter's good friend, Johnny Oates, was the Orioles manager on the first Opening Day at Camden Yards in 1992. The jersey number Showalter wears was the same number Oates wore as Orioles manager and is in tribute to Oates' life and career.
The Orioles also announced that Thurmont native and famed tenor Richard Troxell will perform the National Anthem and will sing "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Thurmont will be singing the national anthem for the eighth time for an Orioles Opening Day game. The anthem will then be punctuated by with a flyover by A-10 Thunderbolts, better known as the Warthogs, from the Maryland National Guard 104th Fighter Squadran.
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