Baltimore Orioles: Ranking Rookie Of The Year Winners
1973- Al Bumbry, Outfielder
A Vietnam veteran, World Series champion, Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer, Virginia Sports Hall of Famer, and someone who is always gracious with his time if you stop and say hello while at Camden Yards, Al Bumbry played his first full season in the majors back in 1973.
After hitting .337 with a .398 on-base percentage in 110 games, Bumbry took home 1973 American League Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the third player in Orioles franchise history to do so, at the time.
Bumbry chipped in seven home runs, 34 RBI, 73 runs scored, 23 stolen bases, and a 158 wRC+ during his rookie campaign. His .337 average, .398 OBP, and .500 slugging percentage were all career-highs and his wRC+ is the highest among all Orioles ROY winners.
Bumbry hit .283 across his 13 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and accumulated 24.7 Wins Above Replacement before electing free agency after the 1984 season. He would go on to sign a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres, where he appeared in 68 games and limped his way to a .200 average in 95 at-bats before calling it a career at 38 years of age.