The Sporting Moments That Define Baltimore

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Freelance Writer25 October 2017

Considering that Baltimore, Maryland, is a small, out-of-the-way place, it has tons of potential in the sports arena. Therefore, it should be no wonder that Baltimore is up-and-coming in a variety of ways, including in the area of sports. From pro athlete retirees to die-hard fans, Baltimore has been known for a few memorable moments in the area of sports.

The Colts left Baltimore

On March 29, 1984, the Baltimore Colts left Baltimore in the cover of darkness in a Mayflower moving van to move to Indianapolis. The owner of the Baltimore Colts, of course, denied the move originally when there were talks of moving the team to Phoenix. However, two months later, the team was in Indianapolis much to everyone’s surprise. Fans of the team were upset and wanted answers explaining why the team was moved without a mention to anyone. For years, Baltimore was left without a football team as a result. That is, until the Baltimore Ravens were established in 1996.

Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens are the official football team for Baltimore, Maryland. This team has brought the city of Baltimore two Superbowl Championships; one in 2001 and one in 2013. The last win in 2013 was memorable in part because the city was decorated with the team’s color — streets were paved with purple, purple lights flashed, purple streamers and purple beer cups waved in the air. This was a defining moment for the city, because, once the Baltimore Ravens won the Superbowl in 2013, the crime rate in Baltimore went down significantly — people were celebrating the win.

Great weekend vacation to good ole B-more. Will definitely be back for many more !! #RavensNation

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Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are the official baseball team of Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Orioles are three-time World Series champions. The team won the championship in 1966, 1970, and 1983. Although the team has not won the World Series since 1983, the Baltimore Orioles team has pushed through and made it quite far in past seasons. No matter what, fans continue to support the Baltimore Orioles, and ticket sales have remained consistent throughout the years. In the 2016 season, the Baltimore Orioles made it to the Wild Card game, but they were taken down by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Missing summer, being a tourist and seeing all my friends from across the pond 🇺🇸⚾️ #baltimore #orioles #campamerica

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