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Orioles make history with Braille jerseys

September 19, 2018 - 4:32 pm
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By Ben Krimmel

The Baltimore Orioles became the first American professional sports team to wear jerseys with the team and players' names written in Braille, as the team hosted the National Federation of the Blind Night Tuesday in celebration of the organization's 40th year based in Baltimore.  

Tonight, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the @nfb_voice moving their national headquarters to Baltimore, we’ll host National Federation of the Blind Night. #Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering. The Orioles are the first team in American professional sports history to incorporate Braille lettering into their gameday uniforms. The jerseys will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned at orioles.com/auctions to benefit the National Federation of the Blind. #Birdland

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President of the NFB Mark Riccobono, who is also blind, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and Carlos Alberto Ibay, a blind singer and concert pianist, performed the national anthem. 

“We’ve made a conscious effort to create an environment where everyone feels welcome at the ballpark,” said Orioles marketing head Greg Bader. “We take our role as entertainer very seriously, but we also want to serve as an escape for some people, and as a platform to highlight the causes and morals that we feel strongly about. A ‘blindness awareness night’ puts it into perspective that there’s more going on out there than just wins and losses.”

The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays, 6-4, for their 108th defeat of the season, which set a franchise record