Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wild Bill Hagy

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William "Wild Bill" Hagy (June 17, 1939August 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 '80s from section 34 in the upper deck at Memorial Stadium.

Hagy's chants and persona developed him into an icon associated with the Baltimore Orioles for years. While leading cheers from "The Roar from 34" at Memorial Stadium, Wild Bill became a Baltimore institution. Standing at six foot two inches tall with what most would describe as a "beer belly", Hagy was an easily recognized figure at the ball park, always adorned in sun glasses and a straw cowboy-styled hat. He was one of the great characters of the Baltimore sports landscape and a true die-hard Orioles fan. His passion and energy for the Orioles made him a Baltimore legend. Hagy found the inspiration in his cheers from Leonard "Big Wheel" Burrier, a famous fan who led the Baltimore Colts in similar cheers. Longtime O's fan revere the local legend's connection to Baltimore baseball, as evidenced by the "Roar from 34" fan blog [1].

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