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William Grover "Wild Bill" Hagy (June 17, 1939 – August 20, 2007) was an American baseball fan and cab driver from Dundalk, Maryland who led famous "O-R-I-O-L-E-S" chants during the late 1970s and early 1980s from section 34 in the upper deck at Memorial Stadium.[1][2] Life[edit] Hagy grew up in Sparrows Point, Maryland and drove an ambulance, an ice cream truck, and eventually a cab until he retired in 2004. Hagy's chants and persona developed him into an icon associated with the Baltimore Orioles for years.[1] While leading cheers from "The Roar from 34" at Memorial Stadium, Wild Bill became a Baltimore institution. Standing at six foot two inches tall, Hagy was an easily recognized figure at the ball park, always adorned in sun glasses and a straw cowboy-styled hat. Hagy found the inspiration in his cheers from Leonard "Big Wheel" Burrier, a famous fan who led the Baltimore Colts in similar cheers. Hagy is said to symbolize the term "Orioles Magic" as his cheers sometimes led to comeback victories for the Orioles.[3][4] Eventually the team recognized his enthusiasm and let him do his Orioles cheers from atop the dugout.[1] Hagy's fame led him to meet Presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and to get writeups in The New York Times.[4][5] In 1985, Hagy boycotted Memorial Stadium for not being allowed to bring in his own beer. At the end of a game he tossed his cooler of beer onto the field, never to return.[6] Hagy did return to Camden Yards however, the night Cal Ripken broke the longtime record for consecutive games played. Hagy led the fans in his famous cheer on one of baseball's greatest nights.[7] Hagy's last known O-R-I-O-L-E-S cheer was performed at Ripken's Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. Hagy died at his home in Arbutus, Maryland in 2007.[1] Hagy is in the Orioles Hall of Fame.[8] Orioles honors[edit] On Tuesday, June 17, 2008 the Baltimore Orioles honored "Wild" Bill Hagy by handing out honorary #34 T-shirts on their "T-shirt Tuesday."[citation needed] On Saturday, August 9, 2014 the Orioles honored Hagy with a "Wild Bill" hat give away.[9] References[edit]

^ a b c d Ginsburg, David (20 August 2007). "O-R-I-O-L-E-S fan 'Wild Bill' Hagy dead at 68". USA Today. Retrieved 20 March 2011.  ^ "William Grover "Wild Bill" Hagy (1939 - 2007) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2017-04-13.  ^ Burke, Mike (22 August 2007). "A team, a time ... one wild cabbie named Bill". Cumberland Times-News. Retrieved 2 September 2011.  ^ a b Walker, Childs (21 August 2007). "He embodied Orioles Magic". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 September 2011.  ^ Anderson, Dave (9 October 1979). "Series foes Orioles, Pirates play the game for fun". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2011.  ^ "Wild Bill is a little too wild, faces misdemeanor charge". The Baltimore Sun. 5 July 1985.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Hirsch, Arthur (7 September 1995). "Wild Bill leads cheers 1 more time 2,131". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 September 2011.  ^ "Orioles Hall of Fame". Orioles Advocates. Retrieved 2 September 2011.  ^ http://www.camdenchat.com/2014/3/10/5492180/orioles-giveaways-bobbleheads-tshirts-2014

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