Wild Bill Hagy, RIP

August 21, 2007 § 1 Comment

Yesterday, via the Baltimore Sun, brought the sad news of the death of Baltimore Oriole superfan and icon, Wild Bill Hagy. Oriole fans of a certain age will remember Hagy’s antics, leading the O-R-I-O-L-E-S cheer from his perch in Section 34 of the old Memorial Stadium. For those prone to nostalgia – and for Orioles fans such as myself, nostalgia is about all we have had these last 10 years – Hagy was a reminder of an earlier, better time. A golden, or at least more golden, age of baseball in Baltimore, in a time before Barry Bonds, steroids and the unrelenting bad news that seeps about about professional athletics almost daily now. Seeing Wild Bill’s name in the paper yesterday evoked for me dormant memories of the Summer of 1979, when the Orioles, a lunch pail kind of team from a blue collar town, dominated baseball. May Wild Bill rest in peace.


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