We lost the most beloved Oriole of all time. Not only was Elrod Hendricks loved here in the Baltimore area, but all over the country. Every ballpark that we would go into, he?d be the first one on the field signing autographs and saying hello. It goes beyond the game of baseball. He was just a people person. Certainly, he was a big part of the success of the Oriole organization. My heart and thoughts go out to Merle and his children.
He has touched more lives in this town than anyone else. From 1968 to 2005, he was the Orioles’ Goodwill Ambassador. Even though it?s a sad day for all of us, I do have a big smile on my face when I think of Elrod.
He gave me so many laughs and so many wonderful moments during our years together.
I live in Boston but was raised an Orioles fan. Every time the O’s come to town I always try to meet and get autographs of my favorite team. The first autograph I ever got was Elrod Hendricks. I remember he talked to me for a minute also. Being a little kid that left a big impression on me and I will always remember it. Thanks for the memories Elrod.
I too am a lifelong Oriole fan. I grew up watching games at Memorial Stadium, seeing players like Brooks, Boog, Paul Blair, and Elrod. It was very troubling to me to see only Melvin mora show up to Elrods funeral. It is even more troubling the Oriole “fans” and some players openly criticize the team for not falling into the Yankees Syndrome of spend, spend ,spend. I think baseball as a whole needs to take a long hard look at itself and realize what a blessing and priviledge it is to play this game and be paid enough to support multiple generations of your family for doing so. As for Mr. Tejada, he is a great player, but by no means is he guaranteed a Championship year here or wherever else he chooses to play. Part of the ability for the Orioles to win rests on his shoulders. He needs to buck up and play the game he is fortunate to be a part of and not act like he is owed more than the millions he is being paid. Some humility and responsibility for acting like a professional would do many of todays players a favor. I hope that I do not have to give up a sport that I hold dear because of the actions of some spoiled, self centered players.
i became an oriole fan in 1963
i live outside chicago.
i was able to meet elrod at the park in chicago. one game i sat near the bullpen and conversed the whole game. what a gentleman
he was a positive in life and in baseball. giving 100 percent.
maybe the current orioles could learn from his example. i asked him what hand was the ball in when he made the play at home on “the tag” he only laughed and said ” what did the umpire call. He called you a great example. God Bless
I remember seeing Mr Hendricks many times at 33rd street. But I really gained alot of respect for the man when I went out of town to catch an Orioles series at (old) Tiger Stadium in Detroit. After a Saturday afternoon game I stayed at the park for 45 MINUTES watching Mr Hendicks sign autographs for the kids! How many people do that at their own park, much less on the road? As I left my seat I spoke to him for a minute and said thanks to him for signing for all these kids. He just thanked me for coming up to the game! What an absolute man of CLASS. Baseball and Baltimore lost a great ambassador. Rest in Peace, Mr Hendicks.
I remember Mr. Hendricks when I went to Oriole spring training games with my family when they played at Miami Stadium. He would go to the fans at the box seats and hand out a bunch of baseballs to the kids out of a big bucket. He truly seemed like a guy who loved the game, he will be missed.
I grew up in the Maryland/Washington, D.C. suburbs watching the Orioles in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I loved the Orioles and followed every inning of every game whenever possible, keeping a scrapbook of their box scores, newspaper photos, etc.. I now live in St. Petersburg, FL and met Elrod at a 1992 spring training game, through the ballpark fence, and we shook fingers. I told him what the Orioles meant to me as a kid and he enjoyed hearing it, even though I’m sure he had heard it many times before. He was nice enough to discuss the good old days and the great teams he played on. What a thrill for me that was. I never got to meet any of the Orioles as a kid, so I felt like a kid again.