This weekend, the Orioles will honor 2021 Orioles Hall of Fame inductees: former Orioles shortstop JJ Hardy, outfielder Mike Devereaux, Herb Armstrong award winner Joe Angel, and award winner Wild Bill Hagy, Mossila “Mo” Gaba, before the game on Saturday August 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hardy played the last seven seasons of his 13-year career with the Orioles from 2011 to 2017, winning three consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 2012 to 2014. He ranks third among the Orioles shortstops in games played behind Cal Ripken , Jr. and Mark Belanger, and led the league in defense percentage three times. He hit .252 with 107 homers and 385 RBIs for the Orioles, helping the team secure three playoff spots. He was voted the starting shortstop for the American League All-Star team in 2013, the same year he also received the league’s Silver Slugger Shortstop Award. Hardy ranks among the top 25 players in Orioles history for games played, hits, doubles and homers.
He played five seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers and one with the Minnesota Twins before being traded to the Orioles. Hardy currently resides in Arizona, where he spends most of his time with his two sons. He still stays in touch with the Orioles, as a spring training instructor in 2020, and the Orioles representative in the 2021 freshman draft.
Devereaux spent seven of his 12 major-league seasons with the Orioles, including 1989-94 and 1996. The center was voted Most Valuable Oriole in 1992 after leading the team in 10 offensive categories, including batting average, home runs and RBI. He’s hit .251 with 94 homers and 403 RBIs in his Orioles career and is one of three Orioles to finish a season with 10 doubles, triples and homers (1991 and 1992) and the only one to do so. so twice.
After winning National League Championship Series MVP honors with Atlanta in 1995, he returned to the Orioles in 1996 as a part-time starter and defensive substitute to all three outfield positions for the winning team of the Orioles Wild Card. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers during his career. Devereaux is currently the roving batting, outfield and base run coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Angel, the winner of the Herb Armstrong Award, awarded to non-uniformed Orioles personnel, spent 19 seasons over three terms as an Orioles radio broadcaster before retiring after the 2018 season. Overall, he spent 42 years as a baseball broadcaster, also working for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Florida Marlins, as well as ESPN.
Originally a member of the Orioles broadcast team from 1988 to 1990, Angel returned for one season in 1992 before becoming the Marlins’ first broadcast voice for eight years. He joined the Orioles radio team in 2004 for his last 15 seasons. He was known for his infamous “Hasta la vista pelota!” “,” Goodbye baby goodbye! “And” Put it in the WIN column!
Gaba, a 14-year-old Orioles superfan, was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame on July 28, 2020, as the second recipient of the Wild Bill Hagy Award, one of the world’s most passionate and dedicated fans history of the franchise. Gaba, who died on the night of his Hall of Fame election, began participating in 105.7 The Fan’s sports programming in 2015 at the age of nine. Unbeknownst to his mother, Sonsy, he would call in the afternoons when he got home from school to share his unparalleled Baltimore sports knowledge with local fans and radio listeners.
Although he lost his eyesight due to a malignant tumor when he was only nine months old and endured four different battles with cancer throughout his life, the laughter and enthusiasm Gaba’s contagious quickly captured the hearts of local sports fans, making him a Baltimore celebrity and a household name. .
The Hall of Fame weekend festivities will kick off on Friday August 6 with a luncheon in honor of the inductees. The lunch will take place at Oriole Park in Camden Yards and is sponsored by the Oriole Advocates, founders of the Orioles Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, before the game. During the ceremony, fans will hear from Hardy, Devereaux, Angel and Sonsy Gaba. They will each throw the first pitch before the start of the match.
A full list of Orioles Hall of Fame members and Herb Armstrong Award winners can be found at orioles.com/HallOfFame.