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Michael Ortman: Opening Day: 50-For-50 (in conversation with Phil Wood)

The Ivy is delighted to welcome Michael Ortman for a reading and conversation about his new book, Opening Day: 50-For-50. Michael will be in conversation with Phil Wood. This event will take place outdoors, in-person, on The Ivy's back patio.

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Opening Day is the biggest regular season baseball game of the year. Michael Ortman never missed it, not once, for 50 years. Opening Day: 50-for-50 is a baseball tribute like no other-a well-researched work of love representing a half-century of great stories and historical context linked to each of those 50 days. This emotional journey connects three cities, six stadiums, five home teams, and four generations while overcoming life events, baseball's labor unrest, and the 33-year absence of a hometown team.

Along the way, Ortman encountered five U.S. Presidents and more than 50 future Hall of Fame players, coaches, and broadcasters: from Reagan to Obama, Robinson to Scherzer, Weaver to Torre, Caray to Kalas and hundreds more.

Michael Ortman never let go of his childhood passions, especially baseball. A gifted storyteller, Michael graduated from Notre Dame where he spent less time in class than in the sports information department and at the student newspaper and radio station. He and his wife Kate then assembled their winning team, not through trades, free agency, or the draft, but by birth, adoption, and marriage. Their roster now boasts 18 children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. He spent most of the past 40 years as a senior executive in sports, marketing, and television and was a finalist in The Washington Post’s 2012 exhaustive search for “D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan.”

Phil Wood is a former Washington-Baltimore TV-radio sportscaster who spent 46 years in the industry, the last 10 as a broadcaster for the Washington Nationals, hosting their postgame radio show, as well as making frequent appearances on their TV pre and postgame shows. A DC native, he arrived in Baltimore in 1982 to host the Baltimore Colts’ pre and postgame radio shows, as well as provide analysis on the Baltimore Skipjacks’ hockey broadcasts. He was part of the Orioles’ radio broadcasts in 1987, and was a frequent part of the Orioles’ TV pregame show when the games were on Comcast Sportsnet and Home Team Sports. In retirement he’s an adjunct professor in the Communications Department at Austin Peay State University, his alma mater, in Clarksville, TN. He splits his year between there and Baltimore County. 






Event Details

Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 6:00pm


The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio
5928 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

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