The experts love it!

Mike Koser

Host, “Lost Ballparks” podcast


“I started reading this book two nights ago, and I cannot put it down! If you love baseball history, this book is a ‘must-read.’ It’s such a rich narrative with incredible details about the games’ highlights, all-time great players, and some of these old lost ballparks Michael attended. I’ve been held captive by every single page. I probably have read 40-50 baseball books in the last couple of years. This one is right there at the top of the list. So good!”

Harold Reynolds

Co-host, “Hot Stove” on MLB Network
MLB All-Star 1987-88


“That’s your contribution to baseball, Michael. That’s Awesome!”

Ken Rosenthal

on Twitter @Ken_Rosenthal
Senior writer, The Athletic; MLB of FOX reporter


““Book recommendation: “Opening Day: 50 for 50,” in which author Michael Ortman chronicles his streak of attending 50 straight Opening Day games in D.C., Baltimore and Chicago. The 1998 chapter features my Opening Day column that year from The Baltimore Sun.”

Cal Ripken Jr.

Baltimore Orioles 1981-2001
Baseball Hall of Fame 2007


“Mike Ortman does a remarkable job of chronicling his own streak of fifty consecutive Opening Days in this terrific book. Opening Day is such a special day for baseball fans around the world. It signifies the start of spring as well as a new start and hope for every team. I appreciate Mike including me in Opening Day: 50 For 50. The research he has done to bring these memories to life is impressive.”

Tim Kurkjian

Baseball Hall of Fame Career Excellence Award winner, 2022


“Opening Day is my favorite day of the baseball season. I have covered 42 of them, and all of them were different in their own way. Mike Ortman has beautifully provided 50 years of memories, all of them personal and compelling, from Opening Day. This book just warmed my heart.”

Phil Wood

Baseball broadcaster and historian


“Unwind the yarn inside a baseball and watch how it connects generations: sons become fathers who become grandfathers, and the cycle continues. The Ortman thread is a journey through a half-century of the game’s grip on those of us who never let go of that connection. The players may change, and venues come and go, but the game’s appeal is everlasting.”

Al Bumbry

Baltimore Orioles 1973-84
Orioles Hall of Fame 1987


“As a player and coach over 26 years, Opening Day was always special. After a long winter and spring, we finally got to play! Mike captures that so well, especially for the fans. When I came back to Baltimore in an enemy uniform as a coach for the Red Sox, I got as loud and warm a welcome as Frank (Robinson) and Cal (Ripken)! My Boston players couldn’t believe it. That can only happen on Opening Day!”

Bryan Burns

Former senior executive with Major League Baseball and ESPN


“During my nearly 40 years in sports and media, baseball changed from a kid’s delight to his life’s work. I lost the ability to be a fan. Not Mike Ortman. He followed a similar career path, yet managed to keep that youthful exuberance, which comes through in every chapter of his journey. His 50 consecutive Opening Day experiences will make every fan smile with important historical context plus personal stories that stir memories and emotions no matter your decade.”

Mike Towle

Sportswriter and author of more than 15 books including Pete Rose: Baseball’s Charlie Hustle


“This is a terrific book! It is very well written and has lots of payoffs for the reader and amazing insights and details. I’m jealous! I wish I had had the foresight to do something like this! Mike humanizes it so well, and yet his recollections and research of baseball themes and personalities are just terrific.”

In the News

MLB Network interview, April 2022

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Senior writer, The Athletic; MLB on FOX reporter

Tweet by Ken Rosenthal

Jen Franciotti interview on WBAL TV, April 2022

Jerry Coleman radio interview from 105.7 The Fan, April 2022

Melanie Newman interview on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), April 2022

Tom Rodgers interview on Fox 45, April 2022

Michael also appeared live on NBC Sports Washington and 106.7 The Fan with The Sports Junkies, April 2022!

"Baseball Bucket List" with Anna DiTommaso, special Opening Day edition, March 2024

“Almost Cooperstown” with Mark and Gordon Collier, special Opening Day edition, March 2024

“Hall of Very Good” with Shawn Anderson and Lou Olson, May 2023

“SABR Northern New England Chapter Meeting” April 2023

“Almost Cooperstown” with Mark and Gordon Collier, special Opening Day edition, March 2023

"Talkin' Baseball" with SABR's Bob Davids Chapter, October 2022.

"The Approach Shot" with John Ashton and Neal Michaels, June 2022

"The Pat Williams Show," May 2022.

"SPIN is a four letter word" with John Maroon and Matt Williams, May 2022

"Blessed2Play" with Ron Meyer, May 2022

Special Opening Day edition of "Lost Ballparks" podcast with Mike Koser, April 2022

Kevin Sheehan podcast from Sportstalk 980, April 2022

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