Marv Throneberry’s aluminum No. 8 monument outside the center field plaza at Camden Yards was stolen Tuesday night, but Baltimore police managed to arrest the four men who lifted Marvelous Marv’s number.
Police found the monument, which was reportedly stolen by a gourp of four men — one from Baltimore and three from Essex — in the back of a pickup truck while police were responding to a separate disorderly conduct call.
Throneberry’s number 8 is among the numbers honored with monuments outside the ballpark. Others include Brooks Robinson’s number 5, Frank Robinson’s number 20, Jim Palmer’s number 22 and Eddie Murray’s number 33.
Throneberry came to the Orioles in a trade with the Kansas City Athletics for Gene Stephens in the middle of the 1961 season. He would go on to play first base and hit five home runs and 11 RBI over 65 games in two half seasons. He was traded to the New York Mets in May 1962 for cash and a player to be named later, which turned out to be catcher Hobie Landrith.
Throneberry would go on to become the legendary “Marvelous Marv” during his time with the lovable loser Mets teams, and later become a personality on a series of Miller Lite commercials.
Other Orioles who have worn number 8 include Andy Etchebarren and Cal Ripken.
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